This learning activity will help to
understand the "mind" and "intent" of the great
general of the American Civil War, and later
President of our country. U.S. Grant was not
his actual name, as it was Hiram Ulysses Grant,
but an error occurred on his records at West
Point Military Academy. He would use the name
U.S. Grant thereafter. A special activity will
follow this time-line.
Ulysses S. Grant Memoirs from Bartleby.com can
be used as reference for these activities.
Ulysses S. Grant Biographical Time-line
from the Grant's Home website, Galena, Illinois
PBS Biography of U.S. Grant
April 27, 1822: Hiram Ulysses Grant born at
Point Pleasant, Ohio and was the son of Jesse
and Hannah Grant.
Ulysses was the oldest of six children having
three sisters and two brothers.
May 29, 1839: Arrived at the U.S. Military
Academy at West Point, N.Y. A mistake in the
records changed Grant's name to Ulysses S.
Grant, which he carried the rest of his life.
June, 1843: Graduated from West Point.
1846-1847: Fought in the American-Mexican War.
August 22, 1848:Married
Julia Dent of St. Louis, Missouri.
May 30, 1850:
Frederick Dent Grant born.
July 22, 1852:
Ulysses S. "Buck" Grant Jr., born.
June 11, 1854: Grant resigns from the army. The
letter of resignation was written on the same
day he was promoted to Captain and was accepted
by the Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis.
July 4, 1855:
Ellen "Nellie" Wrenshall Grant born.
February 6, 1858:
Jesse Root Grant Jr., born.
Spring, 1860: Grant arrives in Galena, Illinois.
April 12, 1861: Fort Sumter fired upon by
May 15, 1861: Grant musters troops for his 21st
Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment Historical
Marker and Camp Grant Elipse at
June 17, 1861: Grant becomes a colonel for the
21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
February 17, 1862: Lincoln signed the papers for
Grant's promotion to major general of
April 9, 1865: General Lee surrendered the Army
of Northern Virginia to Grant at Appomattox
Court House in Virginia, ending the American
August 18, 1865: Returns to Galena as a hero and
is presented his new home on Bouthillier Street.
July 25, 1866: Grant appointed general of the
armies of the U.S.
August 12, 1867: Appointed Secretary of War.
November 3, 1868: Grant and Schuyler Colfax
elected President and Vice-President.
March 2, 1872: Signs a bill which make
Yellowstone the first National Park.
November 3, 1872: Grant and Henry Wilson elected
President and Vice-President.
March 4, 1877: Retires from the White House.
May 1877: Ulysses, Julia and Jesse Grant travel
on a world tour. They return on September 20,
1879 at San Francisco. They return to Galena in
November of that year.
December 1882: President Arthur appointed Grant
to negotiate a commercial treaty with Mexico.
The treaty, however, was rejected by the U.S.
June 16, 1885: Grant family moves to a cottage
at Mount McGregor, New York.
July 19, 1885: Finishes his personal memoirs.
July 23, 1885: Ulysses Grant dies at age 63 of
throat cancer at Mt. McGregor, New York.
April 27, 1891: Ground is broken for the
construction of Grant's Tomb, Riverside Park,
New York City.
April 27, 1897: Grant's Tomb is dedicated.
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