Ulysses S. Grant and Mount McGregor

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Ulysses S. Grant at his McGregor Mountain cottage

130 years ago today Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died at his cottage near the top of Mount McGregor in WiltonMoreau, just north of Saratoga.

Grant's role in history is being re-examined by some historians, who now eschew the image of the Civil War general turned Commander -in-chief as a drinker whose success was based largely on luck, for one of a champion of African Americans. In a piece today in the Huffington Post on why historians are changing their tune about GrantJohn F. Marszalek -- a historian and executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association says "You have to go almost to Lyndon Johnson to find a president who tried to do as much to ensure black people found freedom."

Grant spent his last days in the cottage on Mount McGregor. The cottage, now a state historic site, is preserved pretty much they way it was when he left it -- books, bedding and all-- and it is open to the public for tour. On Saturday the keepers of the cottage will mark the anniversary of Grant's passing with a Remembrance Day ceremony.

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Correction– although you must drive through Wilton, Grant Cottage is actually in the Town of Moreau.

And so it is. Fixed. Thanks Uncle Leo!

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