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[OCT. 8, 2004]  GALENA -- A 48-page book detailing the life of Ulysses S. Grant is now available at the U.S. Grant Home and the Old Market House State Historic Site in Galena.

"Life of U.S. Grant" may be purchased for $5. The softbound book includes sections on Grant's parents; his wife, Julia Dent Grant; the Grant children; his presidency; and biographies of the other Civil War generals from Galena.

"We are often asked about Grant's descendants and family members," said Galena State Historic Sites Manager Terry Miller. "This book provides a chronology of the Grant family from 1822 to 2004."

Jamie Dimke of the Galena sites staff compiled the information from several sources, including original works in the Galena State Historic Sites library. "The story of U.S. Grant is still relevant for the 21st century, and this book will give the reader a glimpse into the life of General, and later President, Ulysses S. Grant," said Dimke.

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The project was funded entirely by the Friends of U.S. Grant, a private support group for the Galena Historic Sites.

A limited number of books are available for $5 each from the Ulysses S. Grant Home and the Old Market House, which are open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information call (815) 777-3310 or visit

The U.S. Grant Home and Old Market House are administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The Grant Home was presented to the victorious Civil War general when he came home to Galena in 1865. The Old Market House was built in 1846 and served as Galena's commercial and government center for many years.

[Illinois Historic Preservation Agency news release]

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