Thursday Aug 25, 2022

053 - The Hero And The Humorist: The Friendship of U.S. Grant and Mark Twain


About this episode: 

The two were quite famous. One went to war with weapons and men, and the other could do the same with words and wit - yet their separate paths became one. During this country’s great and terrible civil war, U. S. Grant saved the nation. After the war, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) would save U. S. Grant. This is the story of their remarkable friendship.


Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode:

Ferdinand Ward

William Henry Vanderbilt

Richard Watson Gilder

Robert Underwood Johnson

George Childs

George Washington Cable


For Further Reading:


Grant and Twain: The Story of an American Friendship by Mark Perry


Get The Guide:

Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.


Producer: Dan Irving


Thank you to our sponsor Bob Graesser, Raleigh Civil War Round Table's editor of The Knapsack newsletter and the Round Table's webmaster at


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