Essay about American History : The United States

1782 Words Jan 8th, 2016 8 Pages
Throughout American history the United States had many inspiring generals. These generals include the very first president of the United States, George Washington. However, he comes in a close second to Ulysses S. Grant. The oldest of six sibling, Grant grew up in a small town in Ohio. While growing, his dream was to become a math professor, however, he joined the infantry instead. On September 30, 1843, Grant reported to St. Louis, Missouri, at Jefferson Barracks, this was the start of a very successful military career. Ulysses S. Grant was the most successful general in American history. In May of 1846, Grant was promoted in his ranks to a second lieutenant. His regiment began fighting a war for control of Texas, also known as, the Mexican-American War, shortly after his promotion. The wise lieutenant stated his opinions regarding this war, saying he did not believe in the war. “He called the Mexican War ‘one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation’.”(Havelin, 18). In contrary to his strong beliefs, Grant followed his orders. Grant was experienced with animals, as well as numbers. The result of this was another appointment, this time to quartermaster. The quartermaster’s role in the military is to distribute supplies and other materials when needed. Grant was very successful with his role as quartermaster, one of the many things he did include leading his mule group to soldiers giving them supplies when required. Grant understood the dangers of…

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