|The site of Grant's headquarters in Nashville is part of a walking tour of the city.|
Carter's house, across from the present-day Hermitage Hotel, was demolished early in the 20th century.
Five years before her death in 1902, Grant’s wife, Julia, told author Hamlin Garland about the experience with her husband in Nashville:
“After Vicksburg [in July 1863], he placed his headquarters at Nashville in order that I might be with him. The first day that I arrived there he was out and did not return until quite late in the evening, and then he told me with a great deal of sorrow that he would be obliged to go to the front, and he was afraid he might be away for some length of time.
|Grant with wife Julia and son Jesse in City Point, Va., in 1864.|
“He said, ‘Now, my dear, I don't want to hear anything at all about that. I don't want you to come to me with any of these tales of the hospitals or any of these petitions or messages. I have all I can bear up under outside my home and when I come to you I want to see you and the the children and talk about other matters. I want to get all the sunshine I can.’ "
GOOGLE STREET VIEW: Grant's HQ was in a house across from Hermitage Hotel.
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SOURCE: Hamlin Garland Papers, Doheny Library, University of Southern California.