With the Union safely reunited, albeit tenuously, Grant set his sights on the Presidency. Everyone around him knew it was the only logical job for the man viewed as the greatest military hero since 1781. However, the country needed to wait for his ascendance. Unlike his Lieutenant Generalship, his next step could not be created by a special act of Congress. Grant settled in Washington, and everywhere he traveled dinners celebrated him and crowds adored him. Through the fall of 1865, he toured the North and then set off on a "home-coming" tour of Ohio. In November 1865, at the request of President Andrew Johnson, Grant made a cursory tour of the South–after which he advocated the continuation of the Freedman's bureau and of the military posts in the South. As 1866 began, and Congress and Johnson argued over Reconstruction policies,
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