|My favorite Grant photo|
Ulysses Hiram Grant was born into a working class family in 1822. He showed enough early promise to earn what became an undistinguished education at West Point, graduating in the lower half of his class. It is at the Military Academy that his name was mistakenly changed from Ulysses H. to Ulysses S. Grant, though there was never a name associated with the S. His first true success in his military career came with two citations for bravery in the Mexican-American War in 1846-48. He was married in the 1840’s to Julia Dent and the two ultimately raised four children together. The 1850’s found Grant retired from the military and generally unsuccessful at anything he tried in its place – except for drinking, for which he apparently had a knack.
|Grant statue in Vicksburg|
|Composing his memoirs|
|Buddies at the tomb - Mick Burke, Paul Dooley, |
Alf Lohman, Al Montello
|Ulysses and Julia Grant|
USG: "I know only two tunes: one of them is "Yankee Doodle," and the other isn't."