It has been one hundred and fifty years since the Civil War and Ulysses S. Grant is still considered one of the greatest officers of the United States Army. He didn't want to be a soldier but when his father submitted an application to West Point for his son, Grant reluctantly attended. Grant served in the Mexican War and distinguished himself in combat. He continued to serve until shortly after he married. Grant wanted to be with his family so he resigned.
After the war, Grant became the eighteenth president of the United States, serving two terms. Even though he wasn't a politician he was able to do fairly well especially in the areas of Reconstruction.
When Grant was diagnosed with throat cancer he rushed to complete his memoirs. His two-volume memoirs were completed days before he died and were published posthumously in 1885. They are considered to be the greatest work of the genre and through them his military contributions remain with us always.