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Ulysses S Grant Ulysses S Grant was born in Point Pleasant Ohio on April 27th 1822 to a modest middle class family His father worked as a tanner thus he developed a proficiency in the handling of equestrians which was one of his only mertiable traits during his appointment to West Point He graduated in 1843 ranking 21st out of 39 graduating students Grant then served in the Mexican War Although he served effectively with Zachary Taylors army at Monterey and with Winfeild Scotts army in the campaign for Mexico city where he won two brevets for meritorious conduct he detested the war Grant once said of the Mexican war one of the most unjust ever waged on a weaker country by a stronger After the war Grant married Julia Dent the daughter of a rich plantation owner in Missouri on August 22 1848 Grant was initially assigned to garrison duty in the central northeast United States in the Great Lakes region He was transferred to the Pacific Northwest where he has unable to have his family with him In 1854 he resigned from the military after rumors of drink clouded his name He returned to the east only to fail in one business venture after another In the April of 1861 Grant was clerking in his brothers leather shop in Galena Illinois In September of 1863 Grant went to the rescue of William Rosecrans army at Chattanooga He reinforced this army and replaced Rosecrans with George H Thomas opening up new lines of supply and communication At the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge Grant defeated Braxton Bragg opening a new path for Shermans March to the Sea Although attempting to remain distant from politics Grant impressed Abraham Lincoln with his tenacity and self-reliance Thus early in 1864 he was placed in charge of all Northern Armies and promoted to Lieutenant General He put Sherman in
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