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Ulysses S. Grant
Grant
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1822
Date of Death: 1885
Cause of Death: Throat Cancer
Religion: Methodist
Occupation: General, Politician
Spouse: Julia Dent Grant
Children: Frederick, Ulysses, Jr., Jesse (sons);
Nellie (daughter)
Relatives: U.S. Grant III (grandson)
Political Party: Republican Party
Military Branch: United States Army (Mexican War, American Civil War)
Turtledove Appearances:
Fort Pillow
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference


The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): How Few Remain;
Blood and Iron
Type of Appearance: Direct (HFR); Posthumous reference (B&I)
Ulysses Simpson Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant, April 27, 1822 - July 23, 1885) was an American general and the eighteenth President of the United States (1869–1877). He achieved international fame as the leading Union general in the American Civil War, proving to be the North's most aggressive general. His tenure as general is treated more favorably by historians than his presidency, which was marred by corruption. Indeed, contemporary critics coined the word "Grantism" to describe government corruption.

After leaving office, Grant was very nearly destitute, but was able to provide for his family by publishing his memoirs. He died of throat cancer two days after completing them.

Ulysses S. Grant in Fort Pillow Edit

In 1863, Ulysses S. Grant had made Jackson, Tennesee one of his supply depots, until Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest pushed Union forces back out. Forrest subsequently used Jackson as his launching-pad for the attack on Fort Pillow.[1]

Ulysses S. Grant in The Guns of the SouthEdit

Ulysses S. Grant's great achievement in 1862-63 was to seize control of the Mississippi River by defeating a series of uncoordinated Confederate armies and by capturing Vicksburg in July 1863. After a victory at Chattanooga in late 1863, Abraham Lincoln made him General-in-Chief of all Union armies.

He faced C.S. General Robert E. Lee during the Battle of the Wilderness through which he attempted to advance on Richmond.[2] Grant's superiority in numbers came to naught due to the AK-47s supplied by the Rivington Men to Lee.[3] A second defeat at the Battle of Bealeton allowed Lee to advance on and capture Washington City.[4]

Grant later served as an Election Commissioner during the Kentucky and Missouri state-wide referendum on whether they would remain with the Union or join the Confederacy. Although he had a reputation as a heavy drinker, Grant remained abstinent during the election campaign, preferring coffee at dinner with fellow commissioner Robert E. Lee.[5] However, the night of the vote, after it became clear Kentucky voted to join the C.S., he drank himself into a stupor.[6]

In 1868, Lee had the opportunity to review Grant's Overland Campaign as it had taken place in the world the Rivington Men had come from.[7]

Ulysses S. Grant in Southern Victory Edit

Ulysses S. Grant came out of retirement to fight in the War of Secession when it began in 1861. Throughout the war, he was notably the most successful Union General against the Confederate States with his most famous battle at Shilo. When the United States lost the war, he left the Union Army and tried his hand at civilian life, but his alcoholism was detrimental this endeavour.

At the outset of the Second Mexican War in 1881, he was one of the few white members of a crowd in St. Louis addressed by Frederick Douglass.[8] Later generations primarily remembered him as having died a drunk.[9] Many quietly speculated Grant could have done more if he had not been shelved early, or if his forces had been transferred from the west to repair the disasters in the east.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fort Pillow, pgs. 1-2.
  2. The Guns of the South, pgs. 100-104.
  3. Ibid., pgs. 140-150.
  4. Ibid., pgs. 205-210.
  5. Ibid., pgs. 296-307.
  6. Ibid., pgs. 313-14.
  7. Ibid., pg. 431.
  8. How Few Remain, pg. 65.
  9. Blood and Iron, pg. 630.
Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Andrew Johnson
President of the United States
1869-1877
Succeeded by
Rutherford B. Hayes
Party political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Abraham Lincoln
Republican Party nominee for President of the United States
1868; 1872 (won both)
Succeeded by
Rutherford B. Hayes
Military offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Henry Halleck
Commanding General of the United States Army
1864–1869
Succeeded by
William Sherman

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