Posted by: Ron DuBour | March 13, 2012

American Heroes~GRANT ULYSSES S (1822-1885)~by rldubour

GRANT ULYSSES S (1822-1885)


Of the siblings he was the eldest
Jesse and Hannah would have six.
In the village of Georgetown, Ohio
His parents had an equal mix.

Was called H Ulysses Grant
And sometimes “Lyss” it came to be.
Seventeen he took the test for the
Military Academy.

He almost failed because of height
Yet, possessed some fine credentials
Known by H.U.G he signed Ulysses
He was concerned about his initials.

Ranked twenty-first of thirty-nine
Graduated in forty-three
Dropped the H adopted the S
Ulysses S Grant was now to be.

A fearless and expert horseman
He got engaged in forty-four.
Postponing their marriage to fight
The Mexican-American war.

In forty-eight he was married
And was gone another two years.
Now back home with his family
Grant stayed with the state volunteers.

In fifty-three at Fort Humboldt
A Regimental Quartermaster.
Of the 4th Infantry regiment
Was commander one year after.

Upon completion Grant went home
To be with family and his wife.
He tried farming and real estate
Spent seven years of civilian life.

The Civil War and call for help
President Lincoln did request.
From Governor Yates of Illinois
Grant now Colonel to be addressed.

One year was Brigadier General
For all of the volunteers
Led the battle of Donelson
A national figure he appeared.

Grant went on to win at Shiloh
Controlled Kentucky and Tennessee.
Captured Vicksburg and Chattanooga
Now General-in-chief of all Union armies.

In April eighteen-sixty-five
Captured Richmond and General Lee.
Grant described as a great General
For his military strategies.

Grant was elected President
In March of eighteen-sixty-nine.
A General and a leader
These qualities did intertwine.


(April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885)
Born Hiram Ulysses Grant in Point Pleasant, Clermont County, Ohio, 25 miles east of Cincinnati on the Ohio River, he was the eldest of the six children of Jesse Root and Hannah Simpson. When Hiram was one year old they moved to the village of Georgetown. There his parents had five more children a total of three boys and three girls. Upon graduating at West Point, Grant adopted the form of his new name with middle initial only, never acknowledging that the “S” stood for Simpson. On August 22, 1848 Grant married Julia Boggs Dent (1826-1902), the daughter of a slave owner. They had four children: Frederick Dent Grant, Ulysses S. (Buck) Grant, Jr., Ellen (Nellie) Wrenshall Grant, and Jesse Root Grant. At the Battles of Belmont, Henry, and Donelson The captures of two forts were the first major Union victories of the war. The Confederate commander, Brigadier General Simon B. Buckner, an old friend of Grant’s, yielded to Grant’s hard conditions of “no terms except unconditional and immediate surrender.” Buckner’s surrender of 14,000 men made Grant a national figure almost overnight, and he was nicknamed “Unconditional Surrender” Grant. This victory also won him promotion to major general of volunteers. Grant elected as president with a commanding 214 Electoral College votes to 80. He ran about 100,000 votes ahead of the Republican ticket, suggesting an unusually powerful appeal to veterans. When he entered the White House, he was politically inexperienced and, at age 46, the youngest man yet elected president. Grant was the 18th President of the United States and served two terms from March 4, 1869, to March 4, 1877.Died: July 23, 1885 in Mount McGregor, New York


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