History | 16 March 20164 Facts About Ulysses S. Grant Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Ulysses S. Grant is remembered as a controversial and complex man. You may think of him and recall his battles won as a Union general, his drinking, or his political corruption, but did you know these 4 facts? 1. Grant went nameless for nearly a month before his family decided on his moniker, which was originally Hiram Ulysses and was pulled out of a hat. 2. He proposed to his wife, Julia, after successfully driving a buggy through a flooded river. 3. Grant’s first day as Colonel didn’t go so well. He was teased and heckled by his men. 4. President Lincoln had invited Grant to attend the play at Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865. The Grant’s turned down the invitation partly due to Julia Grant’s dislike of Mary Lincoln. Buy from an Online Retailer US: Many modern historians have painted Ulysses S. Grant as a butcher, a drunk, and a failure as president. Others have argued the exact opposite and portray him with saintlike levels of ethic and intellect. In Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity 1822–1865, historian Brooks D. Simpson takes neither approach, recognizing Grant as a complex and human figure with human faults, strengths, and motivations. Simpson offers a balanced and complete study of Grant from birth to the end of the Civil War, with particular emphasis on his military career and family life and the struggles he overcame in his unlikely rise from unremarkable beginnings to his later fame as commander of the Union Army. Chosen as a New York TimesNotable Book upon its original publication, Ulysses S. Grant is a readable, thoroughly researched portrait that sheds light on this controversial figure. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.