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Ulysses S Grant Ulysses S Grant was an American general and 18th president of the US Grant was born in Point Pleasant Ohio on April 27 1822 the son of Hannah Simpson and Jesse Grant the owner of a tannery Taken to nearby Georgetown at the age of one he was educated in local and boarding schools In 1839 under the name of Ulysses Simpson instead of his original Hiram Ulysses he was appointed to West Point Graduating 21st in a class of 39 in 1843 he was assigned to Jefferson Barracks Missouri There he met Julia Dent a local planters daughter whom he married after the Mexican War During the Mexican War Grant served under both General Zachary Taylor and General Winfield Scott and distinguished himself particularly at Molina del Rey and Chapultepec After his return and tours of duty in the North he was sent to the Far West In 1854 while stationed at Fort Humboldt California Grant resigned his commission because of loneliness and drinking problems and in the following years he engaged in generally unsuccessful farming and business ventures in MissouriGrant Moves South 18 He moved to Galena Illinois in 1860 where he became a clerk in his fathers leather store At the outbreak of the American Civil War Grant was appointed colonel and soon afterward brigadier general of the Illinois Volunteers and in September 1861 he seized Paducah Kentucky After an indecisive raid on Belmont Missouri he gained fame when in February 1862 in conjunction with the navy he succeeded in reducing Forts Henry and Donelson Tennessee forcing General Simon B Buckner to accept unconditional surrender The Confederates surprised Grant at Shiloh but he held his ground and then moved on to Corinth In 1863 he established his reputation as a strategist in the brilliant campaign against Vicksburg Mississippi which took place on July 4 After being appointed commander in the West
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