200 Years of Ulysses S. Grant
Celebrating the general who saved America in the Civil War and the president who labored mightily against great odds for a lasting peace.
Coming Up in 2022
victory in battle. leniency to a fallen foe. fairness for black americans.
“The war is over. The rebels are our countrymen again,” said General Ulysses S. Grant after offering Robert E. Lee generous terms of surrender at Appomattox in April 1865. Grant expected defeated Confederates to accept the verdict of the war that slavery was dead. But when unrepentant rebels fought back against Black freedom, Grant stood up to preserve the fruits of his victory: fairness for all regardless of race.
Just as General Grant defeated rebel armies during the Civil War, so President Grant crushed the KKK during Reconstruction.
The True Cause of the Civil War, According to Grant
What Contemporaries Said about Grant
A man too broad for prejudice, too humane to despise the humblest, too great to be small at any point. In him the Negro found a protector, the Indian a friend, a vanquished foe a brother, an imperiled nation a savior.
Notwithstanding the fact that he talks so well, it is plain he has more brains than tongue. He is one of the most remarkable men I have ever met. He does not seem to be aware of his powers.
Alexander StephensConfederate Vice President
Reviews of the Best Books on Grant & His Times
A revival of interest in Ulysses S. Grant and the era of Reconstruction has produced many excellent new titles to augment the classics on Grant and his time that remain worth reading.
Quotes by Grant
Historic sites in Grant’s life, Civil War battlefields and of course, Grant’s Tomb.
Grant was the only general in US history to capture 3 enemy armies in the field. Tell Congress that he deserves to rank with George Washington at the very top.
The U.S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis is hosting a temporary exhibit on Grant’s efforts to protect freed people in the South and his success in crushing America’s original domestic terrorists.
The bicentennial of Ulysses S. Grant’s birth is coming in April 2022. Events are being planned. Meanwhile, campaigners are asking for a Grant coin and stamps, and more funding for historic sites from Grant’s life.