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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Clemens, U.S. Grant and Hannibal, Mo.
Hannibal, Mo., will be
forever linked to Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), known for his writing, rather
than his participation in the Civil War. The City Council has agreed to make a $1,000 match toward the purchase of a $2,500 blue highway sign
indicating that the community is one of a series U.S. Grant Trails in Missouri.
While Clemens’ Civil War participation was reportedly limited to a two-week
stint with a Confederate militia, he later wound up a close friend of
Ulysses S. Grant. Grant’s autobiography, written as he was dying of cancer in
1885, was published as a two-volume set by Mark Twain. Grant’s memoirs made
approximately $450,000 for his family, leaving it financially secure. • Article