In September 1861 Ulysses S. Grant was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers by President Abraham Lincoln. Grant directed Sherman to drive through the South while he himself, with the Army of the Potomac, pinned down Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. On April 9, 1865, at Appomattox Court House, Lee surrendered. Grant wrote out magnanimous terms of surrender that would prevent treason trials. Learn more: http://bit.ly/ynk5hL
Ulysses S. Grant: Union General and United States President
Jan. 19, 1807: Robert E. Lee, Confederate general during the Civil War, is born. He sat in the chair on the left when surrendering to General Grant at the home of Wilmer McLean at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Union officers recognized the historical significance of the surrender and took pieces of furniture as souvenirs.
Major General Philip Sheridan; 'Little Phil' - On October 19, 1864, General Phillip Sheridan's journey from Winchester to the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia is one of the most famous rides in military history and contributed to the re-election of President Lincoln.
Edward M. McCook (1833-1909) Ohio Brigadier General. Brevet Major General. Successful cavalry commander, he received five brevet promotion during the course of the war. Served as Minister to the Kingdom of Hawaii, two-term governor of Colorado, and had many lucite business enterprises.
General Philip Sheridan. Much of the rest of Sheridan's life after the Civil War involved the struggle against the Plains Indians. Sheridan he stated of them, "the only good Indians I ever saw were dead." In 1875, he married Irene Rucker; and at 22, was half his age. She would bear him three daughters and a son, Philip Jr. In 1884 Sheridan was promoted to full general, and became Commanding General of the U.S. Army. He died in 1888 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
“There are many men who would have done better than I did under the circumstances in which I found myself. If I had never held command; if I had fallen, there were 10,000 behind who would have followed the contest to the end and never surrendered the Union.” -Ulysses S. Grant in his memoirs