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Unformatted text preview: Hiram Ulysses Grant–always Ulysses to his friends and family–left for West Point in the fall of 1839 as a short, blond-haired, freckled boy heading out into the world for the first time. He took a canal boat and then a railroad to Philadelphia, where he spent several days exploring the city before heading to the bigger and more exciting landscape of New York City, where he procrastinated for as long as he could before leaving for West Point. Perhaps most exciting for Grant was the ability to rid himself of the unfortunate initials his parents had bestowed on him as Hiram Ulysses Grant. He registered at the West Point hotel as U.H. Grant, but the congressman who appointed Grant to West Point mistakenly tampered with the name even further, submitting the nomination as Ulysses S. Grant. Thus, when Grant arrived to register, he found that the U.S. Army had forever S....
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Summer '08 term at Texas State.
- Summer '08