Ignored, his efforts helped save the nation

Richard F. Keevey

America is a rustic with a storied historical past replete with many notable political leaders, army heroes and people of future. One typically neglected and underappreciated is Ulysses S. Grant, a victorious Union military basic, achieved U.S. president, and man of future particularly for his function in serving to to realize victory over the insurrectionist South, finish slavery and protect the nation within the aftermath of the Civil Conflict.

This yr marks the 200th  Anniversary of the delivery of Ulysses Grant — Normal of the Army and President of the USA. The much less knowledgeable amongst us  would possibly ask, “wasn’t Grant simply one other basic and president? Why ought to we make observe of and have fun his delivery?”

Grant displays the true American spirit — somebody who seized the alternatives introduced to him and lifted himself from the bottom ranks of society to achieve greatness. Upon his loss of life in 1885, his contemporaries acknowledged his many accomplishments and contributions as witnessed by his burial procession.

President Grover Cleveland led the procession, which included the cupboard and all Supreme Court docket Justices; all residing former presidents; quite a few senators, congressmen, and governors; 4 generals serving as pall bearers, together with two Accomplice generals; hundreds of each Union and Accomplice veterans; hundreds of Black veterans (a real rarity on the time); and a whole lot of hundreds of admirers of Grant’s many accomplishments.  

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