He allowed the error to stand and became U. To friends, he was known as "Sam. A man of action, he would go to the front during battles, in disobedience of orders.
As a politician the president was passive, exhibiting none of the brilliance he had shown on the battlefield. Detesting the work around the family tannery, Ulysses instead performed his share of chores on farmland owned by his father and developed considerable skill in handling horses.
Although he had no interest in military life, Ulysses accepted the appointment, realizing that the alternative was no further education.
Grant decided to reverse his given names and enroll at the academy as Ulysses Hiram probably to avoid having the acronym HUG embroidered on his clothing ; however, his congressional appointment was erroneously made in the name Ulysses S. Grant, the name he eventually accepted, maintaining that the middle initial stood for nothing.
He came to be known as U. Grant—Uncle Sam Grant—and his classmates called him Sam. Standing only a little over five feet tall when he entered the academy, he grew more than six inches in the next four years. Most observers thought his slouching gait and sloppiness in dress did not conform with usual soldierly bearing.
Grant ranked 21st in a class of 39 when he graduated from West Point inbut he had distinguished himself in horsemanship and showed such considerable ability in mathematics that he imagined himself as a teacher of the subject at the academy.
Bored by the military curriculum, he took great interest in the required art courses and spent much leisure time reading classic novels. Upon graduation Grant was assigned as a brevet second lieutenant to the 4th U.
Infantry, stationed near St. They became secretly engaged before Grant left to serve in the Mexican-American War —48 and married upon his return.
He was then transferred to Gen. Although his service in these posts gave him an invaluable knowledge of army supply, it did nothing to satiate his hunger for action. Grant subsequently distinguished himself in battle in Septemberearning brevet commissions as first lieutenant and captain, though his permanent rank was first lieutenant.
Despite his heroism, Grant wrote years later: I thought so at the time…only I had not moral courage enough to resign. Assigned to Fort Vancouver, Oregon Territory later Washington statehe attempted to supplement his army pay with ultimately unsuccessful business ventures and was unable to reunite his family.
A promotion to captain in August brought an assignment to Fort Humboldt, California, a dreary post with an unpleasant commanding officer. On April 11,Grant resigned from the army. This farming venture was a failure, as was a real estate partnership in St.
The next year Grant joined the leather goods business owned by his father and operated by his brothers in GalenaIllinois. The Civil War At the outbreak of the Civil War in AprilGrant helped recruit, equip, and drill troops in Galena, then accompanied them to the state capital, Springfieldwhere Gov.
Yates appointed him colonel of an unruly regiment later named the 21st Illinois Volunteers in June Ulysses S. Grant's Presidency Grant's popularity soared after the Civil War, and he easily won the presidential election in He served two terms as president and even ran for a third, which he didn't win.
Unfortunately, his presidency was marked by a series of scandals.
Facts and summary information and article on Ulysses S. Grant, a union General during the American Civil War Ulysses S. Grant Facts Born April 27, Point Pleasant, Ohio Died July 23, The Vicksburg Campaign was also an example of what made Grant an effective commander: he wouldn’t give up.
If he tried one thing and it didn’t. Ulysses S. Grant was the most acclaimed Union general during the American Civil War and was twice elected President. Grant began his military career as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point in For much of his life, Ulysses S.
Grant failed at every occupation he tried. But in the United States Army, his remarkable talents as a soldier and leader saved his country from falling apart.
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