Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant. This is a good biography and overview of the life of the American Civil War General and President.

From the site:

Ulysses Simpson Grant ( April 27 , 1822 - July 23 , 1885 ) was an American Civil War General and the 18th ( 1869 - 1877 ) President of the United States .

Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant ) was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio , Clermont County, Ohio (25 miles above Cincinnati on the Ohio River ) to Jesse R. and Hannah Simpson Grant. His father and also his mother's father were born in Pennsylvania . His father was a tanner . In the fall of 1823 they moved to the village of Georgetown in Brown County, Ohio , where Grant spent most of his time until he was 17.

At the age of 17, he received a cadetship to the United States Military Academy at West Point , New York through his Congressman . The Congressman erroneously registered him as Ulysses S. Grant, and as such he is thus known. He graduated from West Point in 1843 , No. 21 in a class of 39.

He married Julia Boggs Dent ( 1826 - 1902 ) on August 22 , 1843 and they had four children: Frederick Dent, Ulysses Simpson, Jr., Ellen Wrenshall, and Jesse Root.
Military career He served in the Mexican-American War under Generals Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott , taking part in the battles of Resaca de la Palma , Palo Alto , Monterrey , and Vera Cruz . He was twice breveted for bravery: at Molino del Rey and Chapultepec . The following summer, on July 31 , 1854 , he resigned from the army. Seven years of civilian life following, in which he was a farmer, a real estate agent in St. Louis, Missouri , and finally an assistant at his father and brother's leather business.

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