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General U.S. Grant Learning Activity-- Orders

ORDERS -- Ulysses S. Grant

     This activity will use a timeline study about Ulysses Simpson Grant from his birth to the end of the Civil War (1865).  U.S. Grant after the war would enter politics and become President.  The purpose of this Order Activity is to see how he got into the Civil War as an officer, and how his upbringing established his knowledge and skills.

      The Time-Line chosen is from the PBS American Experience Website.   In addition, President Grant left us his autobiography, which describes everything about his life, war experiences, and his Presidential years.  He knew he was very ill, would face his maker soon, and wrote his memoirs in order to leave a financial help to his family. Click Here to get a copy of the memoirs at Gutenberg Online Books.

For this activity on Lt. General, U.S. Grant, follow these Orders:

(A Home Page and other hotlinks will be provided along with the PBS timeline to help answer these Grant-Orders)

Grant Orders

Hotlinks to Find Answers

Grant Order #1-- Use the Timeline and read through the 1840's details of his early life experiences.  What happened to him to effect his attitudes toward working hard, educational goals, love of horses and what he thought about slavery.  Use a Grant Response sheet to record your answers.

 

PBS American Experience Timeline

Order #1

A Biography of U.S. Grant with a Fact Box and Table of Contents timeline by Year

Grant Order #2-- Grant went to West Point and graduated. Find out when he went and how he did.  He would then enter the military and took part in the Mexican War.  What happened in this war experience? Who did he meet during that war, in which he would meet up with during the big Civil War? Mustering Troops in Illinois

 

An Article about Ulysses S. Grant at Westpoint Military Academy

Order #2

Colonel U.S. Grant Mustering the Troops in Mattoon, Illinois

Ulysses S. Grant Fights in the Mexican-American War

 

Grant Order #3--  Grant had personal problems that effected his life and military career. What happened to him during the 1850's?  Was he truly interested in re-entering the Union Army?  His reputation had some problems, and was holding him back for reentering the Union Army.  What was that big problem?

 

Order #3

Serving with Honor: U.S. Grant, a Career Soldier

Grant Order #4-- As the Civil War was brewing and Ft. Sumter fell, Grant was very interested in helping the Union effort.  When did he show strong interest?  Who appointed him Colonel of Volunteers, and when? What did he do while being a Colonel?

 

Order #4

Colonel Grant Leads Mustering Troops in Illinois

Grant Order #5-- As a Colonel from Illinois, where did he take his volunteers to fight for the Union?  Name the battles he took on.  Did he win them?  What did President Lincoln think about U.S. Grant in the Western Theater.  What big battles set him up for a big raise in rank?  What did President Lincoln think about U.S. Grant?

 

 

Order #5

Gen. Grant and the Army of the Potomac

 

 

Grant Order #6-- On February 29, 1864, Congress passed an act to re-establish an old rank, once given to George Washington.  What was this rank?  In March 8, 1864, U.S. Grant had an important meeting with President Lincoln.  What was this meeting about, and where?  By March 12, 1864, Grant received the big promotion?  Why do you think the President wanted U.S. Grant for this rank?  What does the rank mean?

 

President Lincoln Appoints U.S. Grant as Lt. General of all Union Armies (Article)

Order #6

The U.S. National Archives Describes the Appointment of Gen. Grant to Lt. General of all Union Forces, including a Lincoln Letter

Grant Order #7-- Gen. Grant  bore down on Gen. Lee and would eventually bring about a surrender from the Confederate General.  Why did Lee decide to surrender?  Was Confederate President Jefferson Davis OK with the surrender? Where did the surrender ceremony occur?  What were the terms of surrender?  

Order #7

Generals U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee meet at Appomattox Courthouse for Lee to surrender

 

Grant Order #8-- A Telegraph Message from the President, to General Grant, August 17, 1864 17, 1864; Gen. Grant was given a nickname and some people liked him or didn't.  What did he do to get this nickname.  Do you think the war could have been won any other way than would he did.  What did Lincoln order him to do that brought on the nickname. 

 

Read An Article about how Gen. Grant got his Nickname, and the Nickname

Order #8

A Message to General Grant from the President with an Order

Grant Order #9-- Gen. Grant  bore down on Gen. Lee and would eventually bring about a surrender from the Confederate General.  Why did Lee decide to surrender?  Was Confederate President Jefferson Davis OK with the surrender? Where did the surrender ceremony occur?  What were the terms of surrender?

 

Order #9

Generals U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee meet at Appomattox Courthouse for Lee to surrender

Grant Order #10-- When the war ended Gen. Grant and the Lincolns were in Washington D.C.  What did the President invite General and Mrs. Grant to do with them that night (April 13, 1865)?  As you know the President was assassinated that night.  When the President lied in state in the E. Room of the Whitehouse, how did Gen. Grant respond?   

Order #10

Lincoln's Assassination and General Grant's Response

 

Grant Order #11--General U.S. Grant leaves the Army and successfully runs for U.S. President; serves two terms

 

 

Order #11

U.S. Grant takes on politics and wins the Presidency

 

Grant Order #12-- President Grant writes his Memoirs

 

 

 

Order #12

President Grant writes his memoirs

 

Grant Order #13-- President Grant's Funeral and Tomb

 

 

 

Order #13

President Grant is buried in N.Y. City

 


Click Here for the PBS American Experience description of Grant's service in Missouri, to find your answers to the questions.


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