Today’s featured Topic Page is about Ulysses S. Grant, an accomplished military man who served as Commander in Chief of the Union Army during the Civil War and later went on to become the 18th President of the United States. Grant began his army career with a blast, graduating from West Point and playing an active role in the Mexican War. Unfortunately, Grant was forced to resign due to excessive drinking and had to pursue other career options. However, when the Civil War broke out, Grant signed up to rejoin the military as a volunteer and was able to back on the battlefield. On March 10, 1864, Grant became the Commander in Chief of the Union Army. To find out about his many conquests and battles, visit the Ulysses Grant Topic Page or read a partial excerpt from it below:
…Grant assumed command of the district of Cairo, Ill., in Sept. and fought his first battle, an indecisive affair at Belmont, Mo., on Nov. 9. In Feb., 1862, aided by Union gunboats, he captured Fort Henry on the Tennessee River and Fort Donelson on the Cumberland. This was the first major Union victory, and Lincoln at once made Grant a major general of volunteers…
If you're looking to learn how Grant made the extraordinary leap from military man to president, you'll need to head to the Ulysses Grant Topic Page.
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