H. Hall

Artist's Biography

U.S. Grant. [Ulysses S. Grant].

Engraving, c.1870.
Paper size 11 3/4 x 9 1/2" (29.8 x 24 cm).
Good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 93166
Price: $25.00
Publisher :
Engd. by H. B. Hall's Sons, New York.

Ulysses S. Grant (1822 - 1885) was the 18th President of the United States of America. His father pushed for him to enter West Point Academy in 1835, where he only passed with average grades and was happy to finally graduate. He served as a quartermaster under General Zachary Taylor during the Mexican War. Upon his return he would marry Julia Dent and produce four children before duty separated them again, a matter that did not sit will with Grant and eventually led to his drinking and leaving the military.

Grant could not adjust civilian life, however, and at the outbreak of the Civil War, in April of 1861, volunteered his services. He quickly whipped his unruly volunteer regiment into shape and had them battle ready by September of the same year. By that point, Grant had risen to the rank of Brigadier General of Volunteers.

He went on to capture Fort Henry and Donelson on the Mississippi in 1862, for which he was promoted to Major General of Volunteers. The Battle of Shiloh, however, would place him under heavy criticism from Congress because of the high number of casualties, and President Lincoln had to come to his defense. Grant would re-prove himself at Vicksburg, where he effectively cut the Confederacy in two, and proceeded to then take Chattanooga, forcing the Confederates into retreat. As General-in-Chief, Grant would purse Robert E. Lee until his surrender in April of 1865.

As president, Grant's time in office was riddled with controversy. He would serve two terms before going off on a failed business venture. He die of throat cancer in 1885, but not before scrambling to write a memoir so that his family would have money after his passing. His works ultimately raised about $450,000.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Portraits , Presidents