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On May 3, 1861, Illinois Governor Richard Yates appointed a Mexican War veteran with Democratic sympathies and southern ties to be chief mustering officer at Camp Yates in Springfield. And so began Ulysses S. Grants reluctantly revived military career. Over the next three years, Grant would have a chance to display a myriad of talents few suspected, including a remarkable penchant for organization, decided skill at written communication and a quick understanding of military potential. By March 1864, Grant had risen to lieutenant general, a rank last held by George Washington. This biography details the three years which saw Ulysses S. Grants extraordinary rise from mediocre shop clerk to general-in-chief of the U.S. Army. Beginning with Grants work at his familys leather shop in Galena, Illinois, it records his re-entry into a military life as a volunteer from Illinois. Grants most spectacular campaigns, including Vicksburg and Chattanooga, are discussed in depth. Special emphasis is placed on events such as politicking, rumors, and intrigue which took place between the various battles. Other topics include Grants personal qualities and background, his extraordinary good fortune and the generals informal and unorthodox command style. The work is indexed.