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Ulysses S. Grant

U.S. General, Commander of the Union Armies

Although a soldier by profession,
I have never felt any sort of
fondness for war, and I have never
advocated it,
except as a means of peace.
  • Name Ulysses S. Grant
  • Birth 27 April 1822
    Point Pleasant, Ohio, U.S.
  • Death: 23 July 1885
    Mount McGregor, New York, U.S.

Life Sketch

U.S. general, commander of the Union armies during the late years (1864–65) of the American Civil War, and 18th president of the United States (1869–77). Grant quickly rose in the ranks at the onset of the American Civil War. A former military officer who had served in the Mexican War and was later stationed on the Pacific Coast, Grant had extensive military experience.

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At the peak of the Civil War, Grant was able to secure the Mississippi Valley and effectively cut the Confederate forces in half. Grant led a strategy to occupy Lee's army near the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia while Sherman routed Confederate strongholds further south. The strategy worked, and Lee surrendered to Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865. Grant negotiated generous terms of surrender, which helped set the tone for reunifying the North and South and for southern reconstruction.

Grant later succeeded Andrew Johnson as president of the United States and served for two terms. After serving as president, Ulysses and Julia Grant spent some time traveling the world. He completed his memoirs shortly before his death in 1885.


Grant marriage to Julia Dent on 10 Sept. 1848 in St. Louis, Missouri. Filed on October 20, 1848.

Marriage to Julia Dent.

Civil War Pension Card, listing Julia Dent as widow and referring to Grant as president of the United States.

Pension card with Julia Dent.

Civil War Pension Card listing application number.

Pension card with application number.