U. S Grant was born at Point Pleasant, Ohio, on April 27, 1822. Grant was educated at local school; attended the United States Military Academy, 1839-1843. As the years went by, he met a girl named Julia Dent, and the later married in 1848. Grant failed at everything he tried at civilian life, whether a farmer, bill collector, real estate agent, or store clerk.
He was however a brave and tough military commander. He was assisted by four ironclad gunboats. Grant's forces captured one confederate fort, Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. One southern commander sought terms for surrender, Grant stated: "no terms except unconditional surrender can be accepted. The confederates surrendered. From then on people thought Grant's initials stood for " Unconditional Surrender" Grant.
On April 6, thousands of yelling confederate soldiers rushed out of the woods And attacked the surprised Union forces. Many troops were shot while making coffee, and some died while lying in their bunks. Grant demonstrated his determination. Grant reorganized his troops and counterattacked at dawn the following day.
April 7, the confederate forces had retreated. While fighting in the was with Mexico, Grant grew lonely for his family, that he resigned. When the Civil War broke out, Grant began to fight in Tennessee. Lincoln recognized Grant's special strength. Grant became the Republican candidate for President in 1868. He became President of the United States on March 4, 1869, through March 3, 1877.
Grant toured Europe with his family in 1877-1879, which engaged in several unsuccessful business ventures. Grant was reappointed General and placed on the retired list in 1885. He later died in New York on July 231885.