This Week in the Civil War - #1111
Ulysses Grant, commander of all Union forces during the war, assumed a similar post in the war’s aftermath and had to deal with both Maximilian and the French in Mexico and the Indians on the western frontier. As the nation’s most popular man, Grant soon broke with President Andrew Johnson and sought the 1868 Republican nomination for the presidency. Defeating former New York governor Horatio Seymour, Grant became president in 1869 and was re-elected in 1872, despite scandals involving the War Department, the Treasury, and the gold standard. Politically surviving a national panic and resulting depression beginning in 1873, Grant left the presidency in 1876, touring the world for two years. Learning that he had throat cancer, Grant wrote his memoirs which were published posthumously after his death in July 1885.