Born in Ohio in 1822, Ulysses S. Grant graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and fought in the Mexican-American War (1846–’48) before marrying Julia Dent in 1848. During the American Civil War (1861–’65), Grant proved himself to be the conflict’s greatest general and became a hero to millions. His two terms as president (1869–’77) were marked by conflict and controversy, but he won renewed admiration for writing his brilliant Personal Memoirs while suffering from throat cancer, completing them days before his death in 1885.
Granted: The Best
Bob Blaisdell pores over “The Annotated Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant” and “My Dearest Julia: The Wartime Letters of Ulysses S. Grant to His Wife.”...