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Unknown House built by Genl Grant on the farm nr. St. Louis [Hardscrabble]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0343 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: nr. St. Louis, Mo. Type: Photograph Date: 1855-1860's ca. Pagination: 1 photograph 27.3 x 22.2 cm

Title taken from inscription on mount. Mounted on purple mount. The full note on the picture: "House built by Genl. Grant on the farm n[ea]r St. Louis given to him by his father in Law, Judge Dent." Judge Dent gave the newly wed couple the land in 1848 and in 1855, grant built the cabin he would name "Hardscrabble."

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