[pg. 25] FAREWELL *** With this issue the Newsletter terminates after completing ten years of publication. The officers of the Grant Association have reluctantly agreed with the managing editor to suspend publication because of the rising cost of preparation and distribution, the increasing need for time for completion of other projects, and the accomplishment of the primary purpose of the Newsletter. When the first Newsletter appeared, several years before publication of the first volume of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, it served to inform scholars, librarians, curators, collectors, and potential readers of the existence of this editorial project; four volumes in print (and a fifth to be published in October) can speak for themselves. In suspending publication of the Newsletter on a regular basis, the Grant Association has not ruled out possible occasional issue for special purposes, and will explore possibilities of creating a financially self-sustaining publication which will serve the same purpose of printing information about Grant and news of activities in the Grant field. Suggestions concerning such a publication will be welcomed.
In a decade of publication, the Newsletter drew on modern Grant authorities including Thomas G. Alexander, Roger D. Bridges, John A. Carpenter, Bruce Catton, Ralph G. Newman, and Thomas M. Pitkin; collected family reminiscences of Emma Dent Casey, Frederick Dent Grant, and Jesse Root Grant;
[pg. 26] and presented previously unpublished or obscure accounts by important Grant contemporaries including Adam Badeau, Benjamin H. Grierson, William S. Hillyer, James Longstreet, and Walt Whitman. To make more than three hundred pages of this material more easily accessible, the last Newslettercontains an index of all preceding issues. Xerox University Microfilms, 300 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106, can provide either microfilm of the entire Newsletter or xerographic copies of individual issues.
NEWS NOTES *** The Grant Association received a grant of $11,000 from the National Historical Publications Commission for the current fiscal year. *** David L. Wilson, researcher for the Grant Association, recently completed The Lloyd Lewis-Bruce Catton Research Notes: An Inventory with Biographical and Bibliographic Notes. The Grant Association will send a copy of the twelve-page inventory to those requesting it. *** At the Grant Association board meeting held in April, two new members were elected to the editorial board: Richard N. Current, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and E. Berkeley Tompkins, executive director of the National Historical Publications Commission. *** Grady McWhiney, a member of the editorial board of the Grant Association, recently published Southerners and Other Americans (New York: Basic Books), a collection of essays Including “Ulysses S. Grant’s Pre-Civil War Military Education.” McWhiney argues that Grant’s West Point training and Mexican War experience influenced his Civil War strategy and tactics more than has been generally recognized.