Describe and explain Ulysses S. Grant's successes during the Civil War. - American History  
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Arjun Rajesh
4/8/2010 08:11:25

Ulysses S. Grant went through many successes while serving as general for the Union. Grant was a very important player in the civil war. The union were struggling when it came to getting a decent general. The south had the great Robert E Lee, a general who is a major candidate for greatest American genearl of all time. Even though the South's numbers were few the Union did not win easily. Lee made the war last for four years before finally being defeated. Lincoln was in a crisis. It seemed as though none of his generals could face Robert E Lee. Generals Mclellan, Farragut, and Sherman were facing unneccessary difficulty. I think that Lincoln thought that the difficulty they faced should be unnecessary because the union had a much larger fighting force than the confederates. In deperation he called on Grant. Previoulsy congress and begged Lincoln to fire Grant. They did this because Grant was too attacking and risky. I think that is why Lincoln kept Grant around. He said "I can't spare this man... he fights" In my opinion that is a success. To have the greatest president ever believe in you when the congress doesn't is a major accomplishment. In 1862 he and his men took down Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, two forts that were massive victories. With these two forts he almost suceeded in cutting the confederacy im half. He also won the battle of Shiloh which was the bloodiest battle in American history. To have kept his cool throughout that bloodshed and go on to force the Confederates into a retreat was a big success.
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Jessica Reed
4/20/2010 09:51:21

General Ulysses S. Grant had many successes during the Civil War. Three of the major successes he had were the capture of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, the Battle of Shiloh, and the capture of Vicksburg. In February of 1862, Grant and his army captured Fort Henry and Fort Donelson near the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. The second success Grant had was in the Battle of Shiloh that took place in April of 1862. After a tough battle with high causalities, the tired Confederate army surrendered, giving Grant another victory. A third success that Grant gained in the war was the capture of Vicksburg on July, 4 1863. Grant won due to a siege to Vicksburg, which caused the Confederate army to surrender. All of Grant's victories proved what a prominent leader he was in the Civil War.

I think that Grant was a good military leader. His determination to never give up helped him to win those crucial victories and strengthen the Union during the war.

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4/21/2010 08:24:12

So first I'm going to just explain who Ulysses S. Grant is. He was born with the name Hiram Ulysses Grant, but his name was changed when a congressman forgot his name so changed it. So soon enough he was entering the civil war. "By September 1861 he had risen to the rank of brigadier general of volunteers." I honestly have no idea what that quote means but i know it has to do with his job during the war. One major success was the Battle of Shiloh. It was one of the bloodiest battles but he can out fine, a little hurt but he got through it. In the end, Lincoln said "I can't spare this man--he fights." meaning Grant was too good to be saved and not put in the battles. Another great success was his winning of the Battle of Vicksburg. Him winning that split the Confederacy in 2. That win boosted his reputation so much that he was appointed General-in-chief. Because of those two battles and successes, plus more, it proves how great of leader and general Grant was.

In my opinion, I think was a great leader because of how skilled his was and he never gave up.


jiayi diao
4/21/2010 12:00:16

Ulysses S. Grant, born (Hiram Ulysses Grant) (April 27, 1822– July 23, 1885), was the dominant military and political leader of the United States during the Civil War and Reconstruction. He defeated the Confederacy and served two terms as President, during which the main issues of Reconstruction were resolved. n 1861, after the American Civil War broke out he joined the Union war effort, taking charge of training new regiments and then engaging the enemy near Cairo, Illinois. After capturing major Confederate armies and fighting a series of battles, he earned a reputation as one of the most aggressive generals of the war.Grant's military experience in the Mexican-American war paid off. He captured Vicksburg and took control of the Mississippi River in July 1863, splitting the Confederacy and opening the way for more Union victories and conquests. President Abraham Lincoln took notice, promoted him, and gave him charge of all the Union Armies by an act of Congress.Grant confronted Robert E. Lee in a series of costly battles known as the Overland Campaign that ended in a stalemate seige at Petersburg. During the siege, Grant coordinated a series of devastating campaigns launched by William Tecumseh Sherman, Philip Sheridan, and George Thomas. Finally breaking through Lee's trenches at Petersburg, the Union Army captured Richmond, the Confederate capital. Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox; the Confederacy collapsed and the Civil War ended.He was a great and important guy on the union side.

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