Grant and Robert E. Lee are connected through their Civil War bond and the historic surrender, years ago today, at Appomattox Court House.
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Under his leadership, the Union armies marched to victory through the bloody quagmire of the Civil War. His popularity as a general propelled him to become president of the country he had helped preserve. However, his career was far from a steady stream of success. It was not yet the great institution that would gain world renown.
Its curriculum placed little emphasis on tactics and drill, the practical skills of command. Instead, the focus was on theory, including mathematics, science, and engineering.
It gave Grant a base of knowledge that would later prove invaluable. His enthusiasm for maps and geography was a particular asset as a general. At the time, the US wanted a war with Mexico but did not want to be seen as the aggressor.
The Mexicans were finally provoked into declaring war in and the Americans invaded. Grant was part of that invasion. He disapproved of the expansionist war but still fought well. He took over command of a company and led it in an attack. He volunteered for a cavalry charge and was mentioned in despatches for his part in the capture of Mexico City.
Posted far from home and his wife Julia, he became miserable and developed a complicated relationship with alcohol.
He resigned his commission, leaving the army as a captain to be with Julia. As a civilian, Grant failed at every career he turned his hand to. His attempt at farming produced poor crops. Despite his education, he could not get a job as an engineer. He failed as a debt collector and as a clerk.
By the time the Civil War broke out inGrant was a year-old father of four with barely a penny to his name. Return to Arms It was a war Grant believed in.
Its aim was to preserve a democratic republic, not corrupt it through seizing foreign territory. In mid-April, Grant was elected chairman of a meeting to recruit a volunteer company in Galena, Illinois. The initial volunteer position propelled him back into military life. West Point graduates were a valuable resource in a nation mobilizing troops on an unprecedented scale; even a graduate as unremarkable as Grant.
Thanks to the influence of Illinois Senator Elihu Washburne, he was soon promoted to a position of command. A master of maps and familiar with the region, he got to grips with advancing through Confederate territory around the Mississippi.
Sticking to rivers to provide supply lines, he launched a series of successful attacks against the Confederates. It led to the Battle of Shiloh in April Caught in a surprise attack by the Confederates on the banks of the Tennessee, Grant rushed to rally his forces.Apr 21, · There may be possible comparisons between Civil War generals and modern generals.
The one comparison I have seen is between Ulysses Grant and General Omar Bradley. Both were described as uniquely suited to command American non-professional soldiers. Transcript of Grant vs. Lee: A Comparison. Military Experience Grant vs.
Lee: A Comparison General Ulysses S. Grant Vision Conclusion Thesis Contrast General Robert E. Lee Mexican-American War Civil War Motivates those who follow them Respect each . May 31, · At Appomattox, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders his 28, troops to Union General Ulysses S.
Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War. Ulysses S. Grant was one of the greatest generals in American history. Under his leadership, the Union armies marched to victory through the bloody quagmire of the Civil War.
His popularity as a general propelled him to become president of the country he had helped preserve. Speaking about the Civil War, it would be essential to focus on the two outstanding figures, who p[played very significant role in the history of the war and in general theUnited States.
Generals Ulysses Grant and Robert Lee could be called among the most influential personalities of this period in American history.
Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, two very strong and very different generals, met on April 9, at Appomattox Court House in Virginia to bring to a close the Civil War.
By this time, America had become a country that was starting over with the simple core belief in equal rights for everyone.