This learning activity will help to
understand the "mind" and "intent" of the great
general of the American Civil War, and later
President of our country. U.S. Grant was not his
actual name, as it was Hiram Ulysses Grant, but an
error occurred on his records at West Point Military
Academy. He would use the name U.S. Grant
thereafter. A special activity will follow this
Ulysses S. Grant Memoirs from Bartleby.com can be
used as reference for these activities.
Ulysses S. Grant Biographical Time-line
from the Grant's Home website, Galena, Illinois
PBS Biography of U.S. Grant
April 27, 1822: Hiram Ulysses Grant born at Point
Pleasant, Ohio and was the son of Jesse and Hannah
Ulysses was the oldest of six children having three
sisters and two brothers.
May 29, 1839: Arrived at the U.S. Military Academy
at West Point, N.Y. A mistake in the records changed
Grant's name to Ulysses S. Grant, which he carried
the rest of his life.
June, 1843: Graduated from West Point.
1846-1847: Fought in the American-Mexican War.
August 22, 1848:Married
Julia Dent of St. Louis, Missouri.
May 30, 1850:
Frederick Dent Grant born.
July 22, 1852:
Ulysses S. "Buck" Grant Jr., born.
June 11, 1854: Grant resigns from the army. The
letter of resignation was written on the same day he
was promoted to Captain and was accepted by the
Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis.
July 4, 1855:
Ellen "Nellie" Wrenshall Grant born.
February 6, 1858:
Jesse Root Grant Jr., born.
Spring, 1860: Grant arrives in Galena, Illinois.
April 12, 1861: Fort Sumter fired upon by
May 15, 1861: Grant musters troops for his 21st
Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment Historical
Marker and Camp Grant Elipse at
June 17, 1861: Grant becomes a colonel for the 21st
Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
February 17, 1862: Lincoln signed the papers for
Grant's promotion to major general of volunteers.
April 9, 1865: General Lee surrendered the Army of
Northern Virginia to Grant at Appomattox Court House
in Virginia, ending the American Civil War.
August 18, 1865: Returns to Galena as a hero and is
presented his new home on Bouthillier Street.
July 25, 1866: Grant appointed general of the armies
of the U.S.
August 12, 1867: Appointed Secretary of War.
November 3, 1868: Grant and Schuyler Colfax elected
President and Vice-President.
March 2, 1872: Signs a bill which make Yellowstone
the first National Park.
November 3, 1872: Grant and Henry Wilson elected
President and Vice-President.
March 4, 1877: Retires from the White House.
May 1877: Ulysses, Julia and Jesse Grant travel on a
world tour. They return on September 20, 1879 at San
Francisco. They return to Galena in November of that
December 1882: President Arthur appointed Grant to
negotiate a commercial treaty with Mexico. The
treaty, however, was rejected by the U.S. and
June 16, 1885: Grant family moves to a cottage at
Mount McGregor, New York.
July 19, 1885: Finishes his personal memoirs.
July 23, 1885: Ulysses Grant dies at age 63 of
throat cancer at Mt. McGregor, New York.
April 27, 1891: Ground is broken for the
construction of Grant's Tomb, Riverside Park, New
April 27, 1897: Grant's Tomb is dedicated.
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