Ulysses S. Grant and the Battle of Vicksburg

Early Life

Ulysses S. Grant was born on April 27, 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio as Hiram Ulysses Grant. Both his father, Jesse Root Grant, who was a tanner, and his mother, Hannah Simpson Grant, were from Pennsylvania. Grant had five brothers and sisters In 1823, his family moved to Georgetown, Ohio. Grant was a Methodist, although not officially recognized in the church. In 1836, Grant attended Maysville Seminary in Maysville, Kentucky. In 1838, Grant was moved to the Presbyterian Academy in Ripley, Ohio. Here, young Hiram began signing his name as Ulysses H. Grant. In 1839, Grant was nominated by Congressman Thomas L. Hamer to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. However, the congressman had mistakenly nominated him as Ulysses S. Grant, most likely believing that Grant's middle name was his mother's maiden name. Ulysses did not bother to correct him, instead accepting that name. At West Point, Grant was an average student, but he excelled in mathematics and horseback riding. He became known as an excellent horseback rider and  even set a record in the horseback riding high jump event. graduating 21st in a class of 39 students.

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