Ullysses S. Grant
Ulysses Simpson Grant served effectively with Zachary Taylor's
army at Monterey during the Mexican war. Right when the war began
Grant obtained a position on the staff of General George McClellan.
During the war he showed courage in both physically and morally
manners. In February 1862 Grant captured Fort Henry and Fort Donelson
with help from the Federal navy. In October he was appointed commander
of the Department of Tennessee, and told to take Vicksburg,
Mississippi. Earl Van Dorn captured Grant's base at Holly Springs and
he had to retreat. In 1864 Grant was promoted to lieutenant general
and named general in chief of all federal armies. In April 1865 Grant
forced Lee to surrender after an 88 mile pursuit. Grant was elected
president in 1868 and served two terms.
Robert E. Lee
During the Mexican war Lee was an engineering officer with
Winfield Scott's force. Jefferson Davis appointed Lee a general in the
southern army in 1861.
He was not successful in preventing an invasion
of western Virginia, so he was sent to the Atlantic Coastal defense.
In 1862 when Joseph E. Johnston was wounded, Lee became commander of
the confederate army in Virginia. In Richmond Lee drove the unionist
away from the capital in the Seven Days' Battles. In August he
defeated the Northern army in the second Battle of Bull Run. In May
1863 Lee won his greatest victory but also suffered his worst loss in
life. The Unionist were driven back with heavy casualties. The
following year Lee led his army against a series of bloody attacks
against the Northern Army commanded by Ulysses S. Grant. Robert Lee
was one of the best commanders during the Civil War and was an
Stonewall Jackson was a confederate general in the...