avoid political statements and entanglements. Thus it is impossible to date his
transfer to the Republican Party, though it is clear that by 1864 the change was
On April 15, 1861, following the fall of Fort Sumter, President Abraham
Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for 75,000 militia to enforce the laws of the
United States. Lincoln, Works, IV, 331-32.
On April 17, a Va. state convention adopted an ordinance of secession.
Va. did not technically leave the Union until the action of the convention was
ratified by popular vote on May 23. Ratification, however, was inevitable; USG
was correct in considering Va. out of the Union.
Capt. Frederick Tracy Dent of Mo., USMA 1843, 9th Inf., then stationed
on the Pacific Coast, was a brother-in-law of USG.
USG had four children: Frederick Dent, born May 30, 1850; Ulysses
S., Jr., born July 22, 1852; Ellen Wrenshall, born July 4, 1855; Jesse Root, Jr.,
born Feb. 6, 1858.
USG refers to Capt. Frederick T. Dent's third child, second son, Sidney
Johnston Dent, presumably named for Bvt. Brig. Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston of
La., USMA 1826, later C. S. A. gen. and USG's opponent at Shiloh. Sidney Dent
was born Feb. 18, 1861, at Walla Walla, Washington Territory. Registration
Book, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
John Cromwell Dent was a brother-in-law of USG. Lewis Sheets was
apparently connected with the Dent family. A relative of Frederick Dent who
married Col. John O'Fallon of St. Louis had a maiden name variously given as
Schütz, Schutz, and Sheets. In 1866, a subpoena for Lewis Sheets indicated his
residence "at Mrs. Col. O'Fallons." Papers in the case of Ulysses S. Grant and
Julia B. Grant vs. Joseph W. White, Circuit Court, Twenty-second Judicial
Circuit of Missouri, St. Louis, Mo.
To Jesse Root Grant
Galena, April 21st 1861 |
DEAR FATHER; |
We are now in the midst of trying times when evry one must
be for or against his country, and show his colors too, by his
every act. Having been educated for such an emergency, at the
expense of the Government, I feel that it has upon me superior
claims, such claims as no ordinary motives of self-interest can
surmount. I do not wish to act hastily or unadvisadly in the
matter, and as there are more than enough to respond to the
first call of the President, I have not yet offered myself. I have
promised and am giving all the assistance I can in organizing
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April-September 1861.
Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1969.
Page number: 6.
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