Facebook Twitter Digg Stumbleupon Yahoo My Web

Interesting US History
A Website Devoted to Interesting Events in U.S. History




Ulysses S. Grant

Fought For: Union

Born: April 27, 1822
Died: July 23, 1885

Horses: Cincinnati, Jack, Kangaroo, Methuselah, Fox, Jeff Davis, Rondy

Notable Ulysses S. Grant Quotes

"The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity."

"The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on."

"I know only two tunes: one of them is "Yankee Doodle," and the other isn't."

"Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future."

"I appreciate the fact, and am proud of it, that the attentions I am receiving are intended more for our country than for me personally."

Interesting Ulysses S. Grant Facts

Ulysses S. Grant was born with the name Hiram Ulysses Grant but he was often called Ulysses or Lyss. When he was nominated for the U.S. Military Academy, he was mistakenly nominated as Ulysses Simpson Grant (Simpson was his mothers maiden name).  When Grant graduated, he decided to keep the new form of his name using only the middle initial S.

Grant was not a heavy cigar smoker until a reporter saw hime holding an unlit cigar during the Battle of Fort Donelson.  Soon after, thousands of cigars were sent to him in camp.  He gave away as many as he could but started the habit of cigar smoking that became his trademark.

On the day of Lincoln's assassination, Grant and his wife were invited to the play but Grant declined.  If Grant had accepted, he might also have become a victim.... or if he had seen Booth before the gun was fired, he might have prevented the first assassination of a president in American history.