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Tales of Brave Ulysses: General Grant’s World Tour, 1877-1879
General Ulysses S. Grant’s wife, Julia Dent Grant, enjoyed sharing the following anecdote about their epic voyage around the world. Her story emphasized a key difference between her husband and his namesake, that other intrepid man of arms. Incidentally it revealed that Julia was no less fond of adventure than the celebrated general and former president. When they were sailing through the Mediterranean on the United States man-‘o-war Vandalia they passed the island celebrated in Homer’s verse as the home...
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