Moment #011: Grant Visits Great Hall
POSTED ON: May 22, 2019
During a June visit to New York City, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, former commander of the victorious Army of the Potomac, appeared in the Great Hall for a rally supporting President Andrew Johnson. Ten thousand people showed up to get a glimpse of him, according to a contemporaneous article in the New York Times. He gave no speech but uttered a "few brief words of thanks" to the packed house. "The American vocabulary is inadequate for the occasion," the Times wrote, "words would fail to convey a just conception of the scene which ensued. ... [T]he entranced and bewildered multitude trembled with extraordinary delight."