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President Buchanan’s Reaction to the Secession Crisis of 1860-61

January 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


December 1860: In dismay at the possibility of southern states seceding from the Union, Ulysses S. Grant refers to then President James Buchannan as our “present granny of an executive.” Obviously, Grant was less than enthusiastic about Buchanan’s actions during the secession winter of 1860-61. Join Park Ranger Ashton Farrell to discuss why Grant felt this way by exploring what Buchanan was doing in the critical months leading up to the American Civil War during the winter of 1860-61.

This program is free and does not require reservations. Please call (314) 842-1867 ext. 230 for more information.


January 21
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
7400 Grant Rd
St. Louis, MO 63123 United States
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