PRESIDENT ULYSSES S. GRANT - EPHEMERA UNSIGNED - HFSID 263015
Sale Price $531.25
ULYSSES S. GRANT
This is a bronze replica of an Anthony C. Paquet medal presented to American Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant by Congress during the Civil War for the capture of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The capture of Vicksburg, along the Battle of Gettysburg, marked the turning point in the Civil War.
Ephemera unsigned. 3 inches in diameter, ¼ inch high. Bronze medal with a high bas relief bust engraving of Grant and the engraving "Major General Ulysses S. Grant./Joint Resolution of Congress/December 17, 1863." This is a bronze replica of a gold medal, designed by Anthony C. Paquet, that was presented to Grant, with the thanks of Congress, for the capture of Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 4, 1863. Vicksburg and Port Hudson, Louisiana - which surrendered after learning of the fall of Vicksburg on July 9 - were the last two Confederate strongholds on the Mississippi river. Their captures, along with the Battle of Gettysburg, marked the turning point in the American Civil War. West Point graduate Grant (1822-1885, born Hiram Ulysses Grant in Point Pleasant, Ohio) had little success in civilian life but was one of the greatest military leaders the United States has produced. After winning many victories on the Mississippi during the American Civil War, culminating in the capture of Vicksburg (1863), he was brought to the Virginia theatre to face the forces of Robert E. Lee which had bested a long series of former Union generals. He finally compelled Lee's surrender (April 9, 1865) on generous terms. Grant's two terms as Republican President (1869-77) were less successful. The personally honest Grant proved unable to prevent graft by subordinates. Lightly scratched and tarnished, otherwise in fine condition.
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