Point Pleasant, Ohio
At 17, Grant is accepted to West Point. His name is accidentally recorded as Ulysses S. Grant.
Grant serves under Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott.
Grant is sent to the Northwest to finish his required service time until resigning on July 31, 1854.
Grant returns to his family, working but ultimately failing at all of his business ventures.
Grant re-enlists as a recruiter to help gather and train volunteers in Galena, Illinois.
Grant, impatient for a field command, is appointed Colonel of the District of Cairo (Illinois).
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."
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.
Grant lays siege to important Mississippi River city, finally capturing the fort after multiple attempts.
Union armies surround entrenched Confederates and overwhelm them. Grant captures the city of Chattanooga and opens the Confederate heartland to Maj. Gen. Sherman.
Grant is appointed Lieutenant General of entire Union Army.
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.
Lee personally surrenders to Grant after a one year campaign of attrition by the Union Army.