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Grant Is Dead!

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31
Month
July
Year
1885
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Gen. Grant diéd at Mt. McGregor at 8:40 a. m., Thursday, July 233. L'lysses Simp?on Grant was bom at Point Pleasant, O.. April 2f, 1822. His ancestors wero Scotch. H:s parents, in 1823, removed to the village of Georgetown, O., where hls boyhood was passed. At the age oí seventeen General Grant entered the Military Academy at West Point. He had been ehristend Hiram Ulysses, but the Congressman who procuriei his appoiutment, by mistakc, wrote hira down as ülysses S. Grant. The anthorities at West Point and tb8 Seeretary of War were petitioned by the yonng eadettoconc-t the blunder, but no notice was taken oí the ruuuest. Ulysses S. Grant had been recorded and Ulysses'S. Grant he remained. The study in which he showud the most proflcienev was mathematics. graduated ia 1843, tweñty-flrst in a class oí thirty-nine, and was commissioned Brevet Second Lieutenant, and assigned to the Brevet Fourth Infantrv. In the Bumraer oí 1S45 the regiment was ordered to Texas to join the array oi General Taylor. He was commistiened Lieutenant September 30. His first battle was at Palo Alto, May 8, 184 i and he subsequently took part also , in the battles oí Resaca de la Palma and Monterey, and the siege oí Vera Cruz. In April, 1847, he was made Quaitennaster of his regiment, and aíter the battle oí Molino del Rey, September 8. 1817, he was appointel on the field First Lieutenant for his gallantry. He was especially mentioned in Colonel Garland's report of the battle oí Chapultepec, and was brevetted Captain, his comm ssiou daling trom that battle. Alter the capture of the City of Mex co, Grant returned with his regiment and was stLit oned flrst at Detroit and aíterward at Sackett's Harbor. In 1848 he married Miss Julia T. Sent, daueíiter oí a nurchant in St. L'mis and sister oíoneofhis classmates. In 1852 he accompanied his regiment to Californi i and Oregon, and Ín 1 53 was commisslon CapUin. In j8.4 he resi";ned his conunisston in the army and removed to Gravois. near St. Louis, where he onpratfid a farm. There his daght_r Neil;e, now Mrs. Sartoris, was bom. Ia 1839 he removed to Galena, 111., and engaged in the 1" ■ t trade with his fatber and his brother, OrvüW. u Ltie 13th of April 1S61, Fort Sumter feil. On the 15th President Lincoln made his cali for troops, and on the 19th Grant was drilling a company of volunteers in Galena. Four days later he took It to SpringSdd. From there ha wrote to the adjutant-general af the army, offering hie services to the government in any capaeity which it eared to make use cf him. Grant remained at Springfleld and helped to organize the volunteer tioopa of the state. Af ter five weeks of this work, which is military education had specially fittecl him for, Güvernor Yates offered him the Twenty-flrst Regiment of Illinois Infantry. He took command o' his regiment carly In June and marehed to Missouri. Reporling to Brigadier-General Pope, he iras síntioned at Mexico, about üfty miles north of the Missouri river. On A ugust 23 he was commissioned Brigadier-General of Volunteers, his eommission being dated back to May 17. His lirst military achievemeut was the" seizure of Paduca, Ky., which commanded the nuvigation of both the Tennessee and the Ohio. At the battle of Belmont, November 17, 1801, Grant commanded in person and had a norse shut under him. February ü. he eaptured Fort Heni, and ten davs later Fort Donelson surrendered to him. Hís reply to the Confederati' General Buekner, in command of Fort Donelson, who sent to him asking terms of capitulation, was eminently characteristic of the great soldier: "No terms except uncondit:onal and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon yoar worka." The terma were complied witb, and the Stars and StriDes soon fluttered over Fort Donelson. General Grant was at once promoted to be Maior-General and appointed commander ot the district of West Tennessee. Immediately after the capture of Fort Donelson, Grant fel) under General Halleck's displeaaure, and was removed, but in about a week was orclered tu resume hls eommand The great battle oi Shiloh was fought on Suuday and Monday, the 6th and 7th of' April, lsíB, and resulted tn u victory for the unión soldiers. It was In this engagement that the Confedérate-General Albert Sidney Juhnston was killed At the siega of Corinth Grant was second i command :o General Haileck, and whin the latter was called to Washington, Grant was appointed to the command of the Armv oí tl e feunessee. He eaptured Vicksbnrg July 4, Is63, and defeated Bragg at Chattañooga in November following, In March 1884, President Lincoln appolnted Grant Cominander-in-Cbiei of the armies in field, with the rank of Lieutei.antGeneral. ün the lTth of that month Grant issued hls flrst general order assuming command of the arnües of the United States, and announced that headquarterswouldbe "in the field, and until further orders, with tha Army of the Potomac." At midniéat, May 3, Grarit began the movcment against Richmond, whieh. after a series of hnrd-iought battles, resulted in the capture of the Confedérate capital, April 3, lí05. Ou the ath of the same month General Lee and his entire eommaud surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court H use, Va. ' In July, 1866, Gen.Grant was comnrssioned general of the army, a grade espedally proVided for him by act oí Congress. August 12, 1867, President Johnson suspended Seflretary Stunton trom oftloe, and appolnted Gen. Grant secretan' of war ad interim. Th's office Grant held until January 14, 1868, when it returned to Mr. Statiton, whose removal the United States senate refused to sanction. At the República national convention beid in Chicago, Mav 31, 1868, Gen. Grant wasnominated on tlie tirst ballot for president. He was elected in the fall with the late Hon. Schuyler Colfax as vier president. In the Repnbliean national convention held lu PhiUdelphia. June 5, 1878, Grant was renominated bv acelamntion, Henry Wilson of Maísachusetts, being nóm'nít d tor vlce president He n calvecí a popular majority of nearly Í03.003 votes over Horace ÖTèeley, tbe Democratie noniiuee. Shortly after the expiration of his tevm in 1877 the'General and Mrs. Grant ma Ie ;'. toni around the world, laading at San Francisco in September of that ycar.' He was rt n ived evervwhere with tbe hfghest cons.'derat'On, the góvernments and peoples of the Old World vying with each other in doiug honor to the American soldier and patriot! General Grant was a very prominent candidate before the Chicago National Bepubjican convention in ltO, ior the nominaöon for president for a thirfl term. but dld not succeed In getting tbe comination. Sinee then h ■ has lived in Kew York. His financial trouMes are too recent to need mention in tuis coniiection. In the last hours of the recent cong ess a bilí was passed placing tbe old hero on tüe retired liat of the army, with the rank and pay of general. Hia recent illness ia known to all and doei not need any .extended mention. Daring tlie lonc davs and aighta of suftering, when the ! death angel hoverèd near, the brave old hero caimly waittd the final summons. He rallied for a time, and his friends and physieians were hopeful that he was to be spared for months. i A few weeks aio he was removed trom tha city to Mt McGregor, in the hopes that the bracing mountain air would do much to streno-then him, and prolcmg the life so ilcar to the hearts of all. Since Roing to the m mntains there have been altérnate days of hope and despair. But all the while the disease was slow y but surely doing lts work, sapplug the Btrength of the old hero who had unfLuehingly faced death in so many füims. i AU that the ekill of physieiana and untiring attention of friends could c!o was done to illi viate tbe sufferings and make less panifu the laat days of hs earthly piigrimage. But the end carne, and while the waving pines pending over the mountain home were singmg their ' requium spirit of the man wh.mi all tne wor'd lovod and houored pássed henee, ia obed eace to tUe command, "it is enough, com I up higuer."

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