The Magnanimous General – Ulysses S. Grant

Day 39 of Colourisation Project – June 15

On this day…

  • In 1215 King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta.
  • In 1502 Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Martinique on his fourth voyage.
  • In 1643 Able Tasman returns to Batavia after discovering Tasmania
  • In 1648 Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution.
  • In 1667 the first human blood transfusion is administered in Paris by Dr Jean-Baptiste Denys.
  • In 1752 Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity.
  • In 1775 George Washington is appointed commander-in-chief of the American Army
  • In 1836 Arkansas is admitted as the 25th U.S. state.
  • In 1846 The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada.

While on this day in 1864, Arlington National Military Cemetery was established on 200 acres around Arlington Mansion, (once the home of General Robert E. Lee), the Second Battle of Petersburg is just beginning. Nine months later the American Civil War drew to a close with the surrender of Robert E. Lee and the Confederates…which brings us to today’s subject for colourisation, Ulysses S. Grant.

Ulysses s Grant

 Photographer: Mathew Brady – Ulysses S. Grant ca. 1860-65  – Restored and Coloured by Loredana Crupi

Ulysses S. Grant served as U.S. general and commander of the Union armies during the later years of the American Civil War. After four years of Civil War both sides had sustained heavy losses. The Union Army under Grant defeated Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army thereby bringing to an end a long and protracted Civil War and an end to black slavery.  Under magnanimous terms of surrender that would prevent treason trials, Grant allowed the Confederate soldiers to keep their horses and return to their homes, taking none of them as prisoners of war.

In 1868 after the period of reconstruction, Ulysses S. Grant was elected the 18th President of the United States  and served between 1869 and 1877.  At the age of 46 he was also the youngest President up until then to hold office.

Ulysses S. Grant died on July 23, 1885 at the age of 63 in Mount McGregor, NY and is buried in New York City.


“I know only two tunes: one of them is ‘Yankee Doodle,’ and the other isn’t.” – Ulysses S. Grant

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