Civil War Figures: Ulysses S. Grant
by findingDulcinea Staff
Ulysses S. Grant, nicknamed “The Hero of Appomattox” for the courthouse where he negotiated the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, is also remembered as one of the less effective presidents of the United States. His career was marked by inconsistencies both in his ambition and his popularity. He was ambivalent about attending West Point, but eventually became the General-in-Chief of the United States Army. Despite vocal critics and scandal during his presidency, he was easily elected for a second term.