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
1852 - July 31, 1854
Grant is sent to the Northwest to finish his required service time until resigning on July 31, 1854.
July 31, 1854 - April 15, 1861
Grant returns to his family, working but ultimately failing at all of his business ventures.
April 12, 1861 - May 9, 1865
April 14, 1865
November 23, 1868 - November 23, 1872
President Grant Redux
November 23, 1872 - November 23, 1876
July 23, 1885
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.
December 1, 1863
Grant is appointed Lieutenant General of entire Union Army.
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.