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Grant retired from the Army in 1854 and struggled financially in civilian life. In 1862, Grant took control of Kentucky and most of Tennessee, and led Union forces to victory in the Battle of Shiloh, earning a reputation as an aggressive commander.
When the Civil War began in 1861, he rejoined the U. In July 1863, after a series of coordinated battles, Grant defeated Confederate armies and seized Vicksburg, giving the Union control of the Mississippi River and dividing the Confederacy in two.
Grant graduated in 1843 from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in the Mexican–American War.
After the war, he married Julia Dent in 1848, and together they had four children.
After Lincoln's assassination, Grant's assignment in implementing Reconstruction often put him at odds with President Andrew Johnson, Lincoln's successor.With Secretary of State Hamilton Fish, he successfully resolved the Alabama claims through the Treaty of Washington with Great Britain.Grant and Fish negotiated a peaceful resolution with Spain over the Virginius Affair.Scholars continue to rank his presidency below the average, but modern appreciation for Grant's support of civil rights has helped improve his historical reputation.At a family gathering several weeks later the boy's name, Ulysses, was drawn from ballots placed in a hat.
Grant's immediate response to the Panic of 1873 failed to halt a severe industrial depression that produced high unemployment, deflation, and bankruptcies.