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U.S. Grant

U.S. Grant
General in Chief of the Union Army and
U.S. President

He rose from comparative obscurity to become general in chief of the Union Army late in the war, securing victory by exhausting the Confederates and pure perseverance. Born Hiram Ulysses Grant, he became known as U.S. ("Unconditional Surrender") Grant under Lincoln. In 1868, he became the youngest man yet elected to the U.S. presidency, serving two terms marred by scandal. Grant's memoirs, completed only days before his death, are considered among the best of any written about the Civil War.

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