Lieutenant General Grant
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.