Ulysses S. Grant



April 27, 1822

Point Pleasant, Ohio

West Point

1839 - 1843

At 17, Grant is accepted to West Point. His name is accidentally recorded as Ulysses S. Grant.

Mexican American War

1846 - 1848

Grant serves under Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott.

Married to Julia Boggs Dent

August 22, 1848

Oregon Territory

1852 - July 31, 1854

Grant is sent to the Northwest to finish his required service time until resigning on July 31, 1854.

Home Life

July 31, 1854 - April 15, 1861

Grant returns to his family, working but ultimately failing at all of his business ventures.

Civil War

April 12, 1861 - May 9, 1865

Lincoln Assassinated

April 14, 1865

President Grant

November 23, 1868 - November 23, 1872

President Grant Redux

November 23, 1872 - November 23, 1876


July 23, 1885

Civil War


April 15, 1861

Grant re-enlists as a recruiter to help gather and train volunteers in Galena, Illinois.

Promoted to Colonel

June 14, 1861

Grant, impatient for a field command, is appointed Colonel of the District of Cairo (Illinois).

Captures Confederate Forts

February 6, 1862 - February 16, 1862

Grant, leading 15,000 men, first captures Fort Henry on the Tennessee River and then Fort Donelson on the Cumberland. After the battles, Grant becomes a northern celebrity, earning the nickname "Unconditional Surrender Grant."

Battle of Shiloh

April 6, 1862 - April 7, 1862

Grant commands 48,894 soldiers in a costly victory at Corinth, Mississippi. While he is criticized for the number of casualties, Grant also receives praise for his handling in his first major battle.

Siege of Vicksburg

April 1, 1863 - July 4, 1863

Grant lays siege to important Mississippi River city, finally capturing the fort after multiple attempts.

Battle of Chattanooga

October 10, 1863 - November 24, 1863

Union armies surround entrenched Confederates and overwhelm them. Grant captures the city of Chattanooga and opens the Confederate heartland to Maj. Gen. Sherman.

General Grant

December 1, 1863

Grant is appointed Lieutenant General of entire Union Army.

Overland Campaign

April 1, 1864 - March 1, 1865

Grant chases Robert E. Lee's Army of Virginia across the South in a series of battles: The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Petersburg.


April 9, 1865

Lee personally surrenders to Grant after a one year campaign of attrition by the Union Army.