Vancouver in Clark County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
U. S. Grant Memorial
One mile east from here he planted potatoes to reduce the expense of his officerís mess.
Erected 1927 by Cadets, Hill Military Academy, Portland, Oregon.
Location. 45° 37.475′ N, 122° 39.216′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County. Marker is on E. 5th Street near Davis Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vancouver WA 98661, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whose Anchor? (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Officers Row (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carlton Foster Bond (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Aviation History in Vancouver (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Chkalov Transpolar Flight (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Soviet Transpolar Flight of 1937 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Howard C. French / Alexander Pearson (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 321st Observation Squadron (1923-1941) (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vancouver.
Also see . . . Captain Ulysses S. Grant arrives at Columbia (later Vancouver) Barracks on September 20, 1852 (Submitted on June 20, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
1. U. S. Grant in Vancouver
In 1852, Brevet Captain Ulysses S. Grant arrived at Columbia Barracks with the Fourth Infantry. Then a young army captain, the soon-to-be famous military man and president was quartermaster in charge of building houses, repairing wagons and outfitting expeditions to survey military roads. Stationed at Vancouver from 1852-1853 as a First Lieutenant, brevet Captain, and as Regimental Quartermaster, his experiences are typical of young officers during that period. Grantís wife, Julia, stayed in the east with their oldest son because she was seven months pregnant when the captain received transfer orders, and he felt that the journey would be too difficult for her.
There were no hostilities with native people during Grantís year at Vancouver Barracks. The young officer stayed occupied with his military duties, hunting, fishing, and various entrepreneurial enterprises to make money. He lived with Rufus Ingalls, Brent, and three clerks in “Quartermaster Ranch,” a prefabricated house sent to Vancouver via Cape Horn a few years earlier. Captains Grant, Ingalls, and Henry D. Wallen also went into business together, attempting to capitalize on the shortage of goods along the Pacific Coast caused by the California Gold Rush. They tried raising potatoes, and selling chickens, cattle, pigs, and ice to California. But, as luck would have it, their potato field flooded, the chickens died enroute, and the ice melted before reaching San Francisco.
(Source: The Vancouver National Historic Reserve Social History Project, Part One: 1846-1898)
— Submitted June 20, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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