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Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885)

The military historian J. F. C. Fuller described Grant as Ďthe greatest general of his age and one of the greatest strategists of any ageí. If Abraham Lincoln was the Unionís political saviour, Ulysses S. Grant saved the Union militarily. Lincolnís apt riposte to those who objected to Grantís fondness for the bottle was: ĎI wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generalsí. The 18th President of the United States, whose ancestors came from Ballygawley, County Tyrone, was a conspicuously more successful general than he was a politician. Although a man of great personal integrity, many of Grantís acolytes subscribed to very lax standards.

Further Reading: Ronnie Hanna, Never Call Retreat: The Life and Times of Ulysses S. Grant (Lurgan, 1991).

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