Trading Cards

Collect stories about the Civil War and civil rights! During the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the National Park Service offered more than 500 trading cards. Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site still has a limited number of cards available for those visiting our park. Please note: we no longer offer Nellie Grant, Aiding Soldiers and Freedmen, and Slavery as the Cause of the Civil War trading cards.

Ask staff at the front desk for more information. You can view all the cards online and discover stories from nearly 90 national parks in 31 states and the District of Columbia. You'll be surprised at what you will learn.

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White Haven, circa 1860

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Freeing William Jones

White Haven, now Ulysses S. Grant NHS, mirrored the rest of the nation during the years before the war. Grant opposed his father-in-law's ownership of slaves, but recognized his legal right to do so. In March 1859, Grant acted on his beliefs; purchasing William Jones in order to "manumit, emancipate and set free said William from slavery forever."

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School established by the War Department's Freedmen's Bureau after the Civil War.

Library of Congress

Education at Last

Tens of thousands of newly freed slaves received food, clothing and medical care through the War Department's Freedmen's Bureau between 1865 and 1872. Young and old crammed schools established by the Bureau for the education previously denied to all African Americans. Education became the foundation for claiming their rights and exercising their responsibilities as citizens.

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"The First Vote" for African American men following passage of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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Receiving the Right to Vote
"A Measure of Grander Importance"

The 15th Amendment gave African American men the right to vote. President Grant declared, "A measure which makes at once four millions of people indeed a measure of grander importance than any other one act of the kind from the foundation of our free Government to the present time." Women, black and white, could still not vote.

Last updated: February 20, 2019

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