There’s evidence that I have both Grant and Lee in my bloodline, but living in the Heart of Dixie the most you see of the former is probably on the $50 bill! I remember Dad talking about Grant writing his memoirs to provide for his family while he was dying of cancer. Now hearing Jean Edward Smith highlight Grant’s exceptionally gifted writing (among other things) makes me even more curious to read it.

Listen to today’s History in Five episode here:

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