Timeline for U.S. Grant

Timeline of Ulysses S. Grant

    • 1822   April 27: “Birth of a son, later named Hiram Ulysses Grant, to tanner, Jesse R. Grant (Jan. 23, 1794-June 29, 1873) at Point Pleasant, Clermont County, Ohio.”
    • 1823  Autumn: Grant family moved to Georgetown, Brown County, Ohio.
    • 1839  March 3: Ulysses appointed to United States Military Academy at West Point.           May 29: Grant arrived at West point and discovered that the Congressman who appointed him used his middle name first and had used his mother’s maiden name (Simpson) for a middle name. U.S. Grant was accepted as his true name, but later Grant insisted that his middle initial stood for nothing. His family and Ohio friends continued to call him Ulysses, but the cadets nicknamed him “Uncle Sam,” for his initials, which was shortened to “Sam.”
    • 1843  June: Grant graduated from West Point, ranked twenty-first in a class of thirty-nine. He showed an interest in mathematics and distinguished himself in horsemanship. July 28: Grant assigned to the Fourth U.S. Infantry at Jefferson Barracks, just outside St. Louis, Missouri.
    • 1844- February: Met Julia Dent, sister of a West Point roommate, at her family’s farm, White Haven, near St. Louis.
    • 1846-47: Mexican War. Grant’s first time under fire was at the Battle of Palo Alto (May 8, 1846). Grant participated in or saw every battle of the war, except Buena Vista.
    • 1848 – August 22: Captain Grant married to Julia Grant.
  • 1849-51: Stationed at Detroit Barracks after short stay at Madison Barracks at Sackett’s Harbor, New York, on Lake Ontario.
  • 1850 – May 30: Frederick Dent Grant born.
  • 1851-52 – Spring: Stationed at Madison Barracks.
  • 1852 – July 22: Ulysses S. Grant, Jr. born; nicknamed “Buck” for Ohio, the “Buckeye” State, where he was born.  September 22: Grant arrived at Fort Vancouver, Oregon (later Washington) Territory.
  • 1853 – September 30: Orders for Grant to report to Fort Humboldt, CA.
  • 1854 – June 2:Grant’s resignation from the army accepted by Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis.
  • 1854-Summer of 55: Grant family lived at White Haven with Julia’s parents.
  • 1855 – Summer: Grants moved to another farm on Dent estate, Wish-Ton-Wish. July 4: Ellen “Nellie” Grant born.
  • 1856- Summer: Grants moved into their own home near the Dent farm. Grant named his farm, “Hardscrabble.”
  • 1856- November: Grant cast his only presidential ballot prior to the time he, himself, was elected. “The reason I voted for Buchanan was that I knew Fremont.”
    • 1858 – February 6: Jessie Root Grant, Jr. born. Spring: Grant rented out Hardscrabble farm and rented White Haven from his father-in-law.
    • 1858-59 – Winter: Entered real estate business in St. Louis with Harry Boggs, a cousin of Julia.
    • 1859 – August 15: Grant submitted his application for position of County Engineer of St. Louis, but was turned down. For two months he was a clerk in the U.S. Customs House. Lost his job when Collector of Customs died.