Ulysses Grant’s family was from the Ohio River Valley. Though reluctant to go to West Point, he attended and graduated in the middle of his class. In the Mexican War (1846-1848) he fought under and learned command from General Zachary Taylor (later 12th president of the United States) and Major General Winfield Scott, known as “Old Fuss and Feathers” and later was general of the Union Army.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Grant molded disorderly and wild volunteers into an effective regiment; subsequently he rose to the rank of brigadier general of volunteers. General Grant's first important victory was the taking of Fort Henry. He was then victorious at the Battle of Fort Donelson; and when the Confederates surrendered, President Lincoln promoted General Grant to major general.
Thure de Thulstrup (1848-1930) Chromolithograph of the Battle of Shiloh
General Grant fought at the Battle of Shiloh, one of the bloodiest battles of the war. Later, he succeeded in taking Vicksburg. The Battle of Blacksburg was a brilliant military campaign that divided the Confederacy in two. General Grant was ultimately appointed general-in-chief of the Union Army in 1864. His other effective campaigns were the Chattanooga Campaign, Overland Campaign, and Petersburg. General Grant pinned down General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House where Lee surrendered April 9, 1865.
Ulysses S Grant from West Point to Appomattox
After the war General Grant went into politics and became the 18th president of the United States in 1869. Ulysses Grant died in 1885.
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