General Ulysses S. Grant had a great impact on the United States both in his time as a war general and in his time as president. His role in the Civil War was instrumental to the Union victory and the strategies he employed saved many union troops and ended the war quickly. He had many wins, but also many losses and setbacks that were devastating.He learned and adapted through those setbacks and won the war and the American public. The United States would have had a much harder time winning the war and with recovery efforts afterward were it not for General Grant. Grant was a very prominent figure of the time period and led the Union to victory and helped heal the fractured United States afterward.
Hadawi 1 Grant Research Paper Jennifer Hadawi Hagberg/Bretthauer English/History 8.1 5/20/16 Grant’s Legacy The foundation of America’s equal rights movement came from an unlikely source: an unsuccessful Republican president. Grant’s military roots played a major role in his success as a leader. Although he was not the first man to push for civil rights, he was the first president to revolutionize and popularize the idea. Grant’s role in the movement for equality is unprecedented.
Grant joined the military as a soldier but he very quickly advanced to a four-star general status, a position exclusive to Presidents Grant and Washington until this time. Grant became the first general to defeat Robert E. Lee. Grant had quite a driven personality! He would never consider retreating from a battle. He used his knowledge of maps and topography to defeat some of the best generals
Ulysses S. Grant (named Hiram Ulysses Grant) was born on April 27, 1822. Grant began his military career graduating Westpoint as an average student in 1843. Grant fought in the Mexican-American War along with Robert E. Lee, a man he would be facing on the battlefield nearly fifteen years later. Grant came to an early retirement in 1854 but after struggling monetarily in civilian life he rejoined the Union army in 1861. Grant was the most famous Union General in the Civil War.
The North had beaten the South in the Civil War. The North won the war for many reasons; they had some advantages over the South, a great leader, and the desire to win. The North and South fought many battles before the Civil War ended. Each battle had a different outcome and some encouraging the fight and some ended in despair.
One Union leader was Ulysses S. Grant. He was “commander in chief of the Union army” (Stoff 505). Grant helped the course of the war by being determined to win. Also he thought of the idea to “wage total war against the south” (Stoff 508). This meant that “civilians in the south suffered the same hardships as the army” (Stoff 508).
He motivated his men to keep pushing even when the times were tough, in the cold winters of Winter Forge. In these below freezing temperature where many men were dying he told them to keep on giving there all. He served as a great role model for these young soldiers. Through his smart military decisions, the United States of America won the
Quite a number of the Confederate’s generals were hurt, dead, or dying which made Lee one of the few generals who were capable of leading the army. In a letter to Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederates, Lee requested him to replace him as general. Document C explains that Lee felt like he not only failed the South, but he also failed himself when he lost The Battle of Gettysburg. Document C states, “I therefore, in all sincerity, request Your Excellency to take measures to supply my place. I do this with the more earnestness because no one is more aware than myself of my inability for the duties of my position” (277).
He chose to be a general for the Confederates because of his Georgia background. Robert E Lee was a fantastic general who won lots of battles, but made one mistake in a battle, that shaped the whole turn out of the Civil War. If Lee would of listened to Longstreet maybe it could of saved Lee from making that mistake. Longstreet’s plan was to not charge and fight another day and if Lee would've listened the war might still be going on
Thomas Stonewall Jackson's Accomplishments Thomas Stonewall Jackson, born January 21st, 1824 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and died May 10th, 1863 in Guinea station, Virginia. He was a very well known Confederate general during the Civil War. Thomas Stonewall Jackson was a very accomplished general, because he won the first Battle of Bull Run, the Battle of Chancellorsville, and he graduated from West point academy 17th out his class of 59 students. These victories helped Stonewall earn his name as one of the greatest generals in American history. Though Stonewall died very young due to sickness and injury, he still achieved a lifetime of success.
“Robert E. Lee (1807-70) served as a military officer in the U.S. Army, a West Point commandant and the amazing general of the Confederate Army during the American Civil War 1861-1865. In June 1861, Lee gained command of the Army of Northern Virginia, which he would lead for the rest of the war. Lee and his army achieved great success during the Peninsula Campaign and at Second Bull Run and Fredericksburg, with his greatest victory coming in the bloody Battle of Chancellorsville. In the spring of 1863 Lee invaded the North only to be defeated at the Battle of Gettysburg. With Confederate defeat a near blowout, Lee continued on, battling Union General Ulysses S. Grant in a series of battles in Virginia in 1864-1865 before he finally surrendered
Catton called Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee “oddly different generals.” But as different as they were, there were also many similarities between them. They set these differences aside which ended up bringing the Civil War to a virtual finish.
You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.” Said General Lee. General Lee was an excruciatingly hard opponent and proud general of the South. The Gettysburg Battle was a major turning point because of the loss, even the proudest, most ambitious general they seem to have is trying to give in and be replaced.