"The Love Letters of U. S. Grant"

$2,925 of $36,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 11 months
THE VIDEO ABOVE CONTAINS HIGHLIGHTS FROM SOME OF THE WONDERFUL SCENES WE HAVE COMPLETED SO FAR.

Writer/Director Patricia Cameron has been to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. seven times with rare permission to study the original “Love Letters of Ulysses S. Grant.” Ulysses was a beautiful writer, and a prolific one. For many years, it has been Patricia’s dream to re-create Ulysses writing his love letters.
 
A HISTORICAL LOVE STORY UNTOLD UNTIL NOW

“Your letters always afford me a great deal of happiness because they assure me again that you love me still," Young Ulysses S. Grant wrote his life-long sweetheart, Julia Dent, on September 14th, 1845, from his army encampment in Corpus Christi, Texas, just before the Mexican War erupted.


So far we've filmed Julia and Ulysses' early romance, young Grant's early career, and much of his final days.

Now we are asking your help to film...

EXCITING NEW SCENES WITH THE NEWLYWEDS!

We've obtained rare permission to film at Madison Barracks, Sackets Harbor, New York. Your donations will make it possible for us to film right inside the room where Julia and Ulysses actually lived as newlyweds.


We plan to recreate the interior of their cozy little home, using Julia’s own descriptions to reproduce her china, silver tea service, and even her curtains! It is urgent that we shoot these newlywed scenes before Madison Barracks gets snowed in and filming, and even getting there, becomes impossible.


MADISON BARRACKS IN THE SNOW 

We will be filming their first Christmas together, as well as the heartbreak of saying good-bye when Captain Grant is ordered 3000 miles away to the Pacific Coast. He had to leave his tearful, pregnant wife and their toddler son behind.

LOVE LETTERS KEPT THEIR LOVE ALIVE

During his many years of military service, Ulysses and Julia were separated, often for years at a time. Ulysses had to overcome endless obstacles in his quest to convey his love to Julia through fragile little letters that had to travel long hazardous distances.



STUNNING LOCATION FILMING

We will continue to use beautiful and moody locations for this intimate portrait of our 18th president, like the magnificent gardens of L’Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls, Virginia...


...and preserved historical sites, which require special permission, like Grant’s Cottage at Mount McGregor, New York, where, during his last days, Ulysses wrote his final love letter to Julia.


Ulysses also wrote his memoirs at Mount McGregor.
“The best (memoirs) of any general’s since Caesar,” —Mark Twain


Our three part film saga follows the love life of Ulysses S. Grant with detail that has never before been brought to light . Our audience will be with him from the day he and Julia met, through his writting of his first love letter one stormy night in Louisiana, to his last love letter, written after the ability to speak had abandoned him as he was dying of throat cancer.


Our film features narration by, and an in-depth interview with, Ulysses Grant Dietz, the great-great grandson of Ulysses S. Grant.

“I have this strong sense of their marriage being a very special one. That marriage was truly epic and deserves more study and I’m glad you’re doing it.” 
                                                                      —Ulysses Grant Dietz


We've also captured a tender portrayal of Grant's loving granddaughter played by his actual great-great-great-great granddaughter.


For one powerful scene, Ulysses’ first army tent was put together for us by a troop of helpful Boy Scouts!



BUDGET FOR NEWLYWED SCENES  – 2017

“The Love Letters of Ulysses S. Grant”

Format: HD

Writer/Director: Patricia Cameron

Location: Madison Barracks, Sackets Harbor New York. Multiple set ups, interiors and exteriors.

Prep:     10 to 12 days
Shoot:     3 or 4 days
Edit:        1 day
 
Project Development/Scripts                      1,000
Producing Staff                                                    4,000
Rights, Music, & Talent                                     5,000
Crew & Personnel                                            10,000
Production/Wardrobe/Lodging               10,000
Travel                                                                          3,000
Post-Production                                                   2,000
Insurance                                                                  1,000
Office & Administration                                             0
Publicity/Promotion/Website                                0

SUB TOTAL                                                           36,000
 
CONTINGENCY   10.0%                                  3,600
 
GRAND TOTAL                                            $    39,600

Thanks again to previous donors whose generosity enabled us to shoot our early romance scenes. Bad weather destroyed this year's cherry blossoms which we wanted to use as the back drop. However...


...with the help of our great friends at L’Auberge Chez Francois, we were able to shoot in the rain and use their beautiful gardens as our backdrop.


In these ultra-romantic scenes, young Ulysses and Julia bond together, forever. While separated from Julia in the line of duty, Ulysses re-lives these enchanting moments again and again.

For a donation of any size, you will receive updates on our progress in making this exceptional movie.

Share the joy and excitement as we seek out authentic 1800s costumes, including handsome military uniforms and fancy period dresses.

Share the adventure as we search for and discover antiques and props from the 1800s.

Be the first to see on location still photographs of Julia and Ulysses as we film them together as newlyweds!

“The Love Letters of Ulysses S. Grant” is about the human need for love. It is a tender historical tale that the whole world needs right now.

We deeply appreciate our donors.

With gratitude,
Patricia Cameron

“I have this strong sense of their marriage being a very special one. That marriage was truly epic and deserves more study and I’m glad you’re doing it.”
                                                              —Ulysses Grant Dietz

HONORING LOVED ONES IN THE MILITARY

"The Love Letters of Ulysses S. Grant" shows the importance of reaching out to our loved ones in the military.  Our film expresses how much it means to them to receive our comfort and attention. 

Young Lieutenant Ulysses S. Grant at age 21.  This is how he looked at the time he met his beloved Julia.

                                                              
Both young vibrant Ulysses S. Grant and his elderly ailing counterpart are portrayed by Theodore Rudolph Antonio, who also composed the film's original score. 


When you make your donation, don't forget to subscribe to our updates! Share the joy, the romance, and the love!

Thank you so much.
 
 
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We are so happy to present to you our new trailer, featuring exciting new scenes filmed at Madison Barracks, right inside of the rooms where Ulysses and Julia lived.

Our new trailer reveals Ulysses’ hidden heartbreak.

We are so moved by your friendship and support. We love and appreciate you all so much!

Love Patsy, Teddy, and Tedd
Official Trailer 2018
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Update #13

This Thanksgiving, we give thanks for a gentleman who was heroic in his generosity: Mr. Andrew Shelmidine. We cast Andrew as our “Captain Number One,” fellow officer of Ulysses S. Grant at Madison Barracks, Sackets Harbor. Andrew became a shining light for “The Love Letters of Ulysses S. Grant.” Patsy’s dream was to decorate Julia and Ulysses’ army barracks the way it looked when it was their newlywed home. Andrew, a native of Sackets Harbor, sprang into action, not only providing authentic 1800s props, but cooking a delicious pot roast for Julia and Ulysses’ first dinner! Andrew’s mom provided a luscious apple pie. With the help of his friend, Ted, Andrew even put together a rustic 1800s bed! Andrew’s whole-hearted, unselfish kindness renewed our faith in humanity. Thank you, Andrew! You are amazing!
ANDREW AS CAPTAIN #1 CHATS WITH ULYSSES.
POT ROAST DINNER BY CHEF ANDREW!
STRUGGLING WITH A DIFFICULT DECISION
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Update #12

We made it to Madison Barracks! For three breathtaking days, we filmed right in the room where Julia and Ulysses S. Grant spent their newlywed days. Thanks to our friends at the Pickering Beach museum, we used the Grants' actual table, "high-boy" shelf and Julia's own porcelain china! When we arrived, we found out the Grants' former home is about to be sold! This was our last chance to film inside, and we didn't even know it! Thank you all for believing in us. Your love and support means so much!
ULYSSES WRITES A LOVE LETTER
JULIA AND ULYSSES AT MADISON BARRACKS
FIRST DINNER ON THE GRANTS ACTUAL TABLE!
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Update #11

WE'RE GOING TO MADISON BARRACKS!

Thanks to your encouragement and donations, Patsy and Teddy are going to film inside Julia and Ulysses' newlywed barracks. We have permission to decorate the inside of their newlywed barracks with furniture and artifacts actually owned by Julia and Ulysses!

Please help us show the loving, romantic side of General Grant to the world. Donations will go toward actors, authentic costumes and everything to bring Julia and Ulysses' newlywed days to life for the first time in history. This is our biggest production yet, and any help you can give will be so greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for being such an important part of our team! Lots of love from Patsy & Teddy



1800s DRESSES, PETTICOATS AND BONNETS
JIMMY AT WESTERN COSTUME TIES TEDDYS TIE
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Raised by 21 people in 11 months
Created March 8, 2017
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BU
$100
Bill Underhill
22 days ago

Looking forward to the completed folm.

JS
$100
Joe Samanka
3 months ago

Good luck Ted and Patsy

ME
$100
Michael Evenson
5 months ago
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Go Patricia!

NW
$100
Nancy Winkler
7 months ago

Lovely! Worth pursuing, Patsy!

RH
$50
Robert Hathcock
11 months ago

Good luck

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