Tag: Ulysses S. Grant

One of the most famous generals of the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant was an 1843 graduate of the United States Military Academy. He served two terms as 18th President of the United States from 1869 to 1877. Prior to the Civil War, Grant left the army and proceeded to fail at farming and other enterprises. With the outbreak of war, he returned to the military and became an officer in the Union Army. Grant achieved fame with the surrender of Fort Donelson in February 1862, at Shiloh in April 1862, and later during the successful siege of Vicksburg, concluded on July 4, 1863. Although Grant had a reputation as a heavy drinker, Lincoln recognized that he was also a fighter and promoted him to command of all Union armies in the field in 1864. Grant conducted a relentless campaign of attrition against General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia from the spring of 1864 until the end of the war a year later. While the Union army sustained heavy casualties in such battles as the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, Grant realized that the war would be won only when the Confederacy was no longer able to muster sufficient numbers of men to bear arms against the growing strength of the Union forces. With Lee’s surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, Grant’s strategy was somewhat vindicated. Grant died of throat cancer in 1885 at the age of 63.

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Disaster at Fort Donelson

Ulysses S. Grant altered the course of the war in the west for the Union…

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City Point Bombing

John Maxwell placed a bomb aboard a cargo ship at City Point in August 1864…

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The Civil War in Black and White

Although the craft of photography was still in its infancy, battlefield photographers managed to make…

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Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee and the Battle of the Wilderness

During the Battle of the Wilderness, Ulysses S. Grant's Army of the Potomac clashed hard…

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Brandy Station: The Largest American Civil War Cavalry Battle

The largest cavalry battle of the American Civil War took place at Brandy Station, Virginia,…

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Death of Legendary Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart

Confederate Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown Stuart, commander of the cavalry corps of the Army…

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The Worst Civil War Generals and Commanders

During the American Civil War, there were nearly 900 officers in non-militia service who were…

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“Put the Boys In”: Confederate Cadets at the Battle of New Market

After Union General Franz Sigel moved into the Shenandoah valley in 1864, Confederate forces fell…

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Battle of Kennesaw Mountain: Sherman’s Futile Assault

Pressured to pry General Joseph E. Johnston from Kennesaw Mountain in June 1864, Maj. Gen.…

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General Phillip Sheridan and the Battle of Winchester

Ulysses S. Grant sent feisty General Philip Sheridan to wrest control of the Shenandoah Valley…