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Lieutenant General Grant

Supply Object Title
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Commission for Ulysses S. Grant
(1822-1885) as lieutenant general

March 10, 1864
Holograph manuscript
Manuscript Division (41A)

Ulysses S. Grant entered the Mexican War as a first lieutenant and emerged as a captain. Having resigned his commission in 1854, Grant reentered the army in 1861 as a colonel. He rose steadily in rank until he commanded all Union land forces. Shown here is Grant's commission as lieutenant general, which was presented to him by President Abraham Lincoln on March 10, 1864. Grant was subject only to Lincoln as commander in chief.

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