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Ulysses S. Grant: A Resource Guide

Ulysses S. Grant, commanding general of the Union armies during the Civil War, served as the eighteenth president of the United States from 1869-1877. This guide provides access to digital materials, external websites, and a selected print bibliography.


The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Ulysses S. Grant, including the Ulysses S. Grant Papers. Born in 1822, Grant graduated from West Point in 1843 and served in the Mexican War (1846-48). After he resigned his commission in 1854, Grant suffered a series of business failures. He rejoined the army as a colonel in 1861 at the start of the Civil War and steadily rose in rank. In 1864, Grant was promoted to lieutenant general, giving him command of the entire Union army. Grant also served as the Secretary of War (1867-68) during the Andrew Johnson Administration. In 1868, Grant was elected the eighteenth president of the United States (1869-77) and served two terms.

This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Ulysses S. Grant such as manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, newspaper articles, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on Grant and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.