Ulysses and Julia began their life together after their wedding in 1848. They already had faced trials of uncertainty & separation that came with the Mexican War (1846 to 1848) and Grant’s career as a soldier (until his resignation from the army in 1854). The years of struggle for financial security and his eventual triumph as commander-in-chief of the Union Army in 1865 followed. Beginning in 1869, they spent 8 years in the White House together during the tumultuous Reconstruction period, afterwards travelling the world greeted by crowds, dignitaries, kings, queens and emperors. Upon their return, they settled into a comfortable life centered on their children, grandchildren and their Manhattan townhouse. Whatever, their circumstances, they were warmed by the joy of a happy family life and their faith in each other.
Help us celebrate Grandparents’ Day by joining living historians Steve Trimm and Melissa Trombley-Prosch as they interpret the life of Grant Cottage’s favorite grandparent couple through anecdotes and stories in the setting of one of their last visits to Saratoga Springs in 1882.