One hundred sixty-four years ago today, Ulysses S. Grant reported to Detroit. It was not the first time; he had reported on November 17, 1848, only to be told of reassignment to Sacketts Harbor, NY, where he promptly set out for. But on April 18, 1849, he was back in Detroit, reporting to the headquarters of the 4th U.S. Infantry. He would remain here on duty until reporting again at Sacketts Harbor on June 12, 1851.
These next two years may, in fact, have been the happiest of U.S. Grant's entire life. He had been married to Julia Dent on August 22, 1848, and so spent only a few months as a newlywed before the posting in New York. It was during their Detroit residence that Frederick Dent Grant, the Grants' first child, was born, on May 30, 1850. You do the math.
More to come -- let us hope, during this momentous 150th of the Civil War -- about the Grants in Detroit, and, let us hope, soon.