February 15, 2022

“U.S. Grant in Missouri: The Re-education of a Civil War Legend” – Dave Page

February 15, 2022

Ulysses Grant began his military career in 1843 at Jefferson Barracks just south of St. Louis, Missouri. After service in the Mexican-American War and at posts in New York and California, he returned to Missouri in 1854 and settled down to work on his father-in-law’s farm at White Haven. As his fortunes suffered, he moved his family to Galena to work in his father’s leather store. The Civil War saved him from obscurity, and he gained his first command experience during campaigns in Missouri. He visited the state for the last time in 1854, meaning that Missouri played a central role in Grant’s life and career for over twenty years. 

Dave Page is the 2020 winner of the Council on America’s Military Past’s Herbert M. Hart military history writing award for his article on the Civil War battle at Fort Pemberton, Mississippi. Through the years, he has given talks on the Civil War throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. In 2001, he appeared on History Channel’s This Week in History program devoted to the Civil War vessel Star of the West. His articles on the Civil War have appeared in Military History, America’s Civil War, Civil War Times Illustrated, Artilleryman, and Historic Traveler. He served as president of the St. Croix Valley Civil War Round Table for several years.