GRANT BICENTENNIAL 1822-2022
200 Years of Ulysses S. Grant
Celebrating the general who saved America in the Civil War and the president who labored mightily during Reconstruction against great odds for a lasting peace and civil rights for Black Americans.
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: one united country with 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 Surrender of Lee
What Contemporaries Said about Grant
I can’t spare this man — he fights.
Abraham Lincoln16th President of the United States
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.
I doubt his superior can be found in all history.
Robert E. LeeCommander, Army of Northern Virginia
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.
MSU has done a good job serving scholars. But Grant deserves a museum centrally located to engage with a new generation of multicultural Americans and international visitors. Cincinnati is the place.
Anne Marshall succeeds leading Grant scholar John F. Marszalek as executive director of both the Grant Library and the U.S. Grant Association.
In southern Ohio, events to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant start in February and continue through the end of April, 2022.