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Famous People of the Civil War Ullysses S Grant Ulysses Simpson Grant served effectively with Zachary Taylors army at Monterey during the Mexican war Right when the war began Grant obtained a position on the staff of General George McClellan During the war he showed courage in both physically and morally manners In February 1862 Grant captured Fort Henry and Fort Donelson with help from the Federal navy In October he was appointed commander of the Department of Tennessee and told to take Vicksburg Mississippi Earl Van Dorn captured Grants base at Holly Springs and he had to retreat In 1864 Grant was promoted to lieutenant general and named general in chief of all federal armies In April 1865 Grant forced Lee to surrender after an 88 mile pursuit Grant was elected president in 1868 and served two terms Robert E Lee During the Mexican war Lee was an engineering officer with Winfield Scotts force Jefferson Davis appointed Lee a general in the southern army in 1861 He was not successful in preventing an invasion of western Virginia so he was sent to the Atlantic Coastal defense In 1862 when Joseph E Johnston was wounded Lee became commander of the confederate army in Virginia In Richmond Lee drove the unionist away from the capital in the Seven Days Battles In August he defeated the Northern army in the second Battle of Bull Run In May 1863 Lee won his greatest victory but also suffered his worst loss in life The Unionist were driven back with heavy casualties The following year Lee led his army against a
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