"No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works." - To Simon Bolivar Buckner, under siege, Fort Donelson, 16 Feb 1862
The Civil War Legends: Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant tells the extraordinary story of the one-time shop clerk who became the commander of the Civil War's victorious Union armies. The documentary traces Grant's life from his birth in rural Ohio to his troubled tenure as the eighteenth President of the United States. Historians unlock Grant's distinctive temperament, his remarkable military ingenuity and his peacetime woes. Archival photographs, artwork and rare documents augment dramatic contemporary photography of many of the major sites of Grant's life, including his birthplace and boyhood home in Ohio, West Point, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Petersburg, Richmond, Appomattox and Washington, D.C. Original music by Grammy Award-winner Jon Carroll complements this vivid portrayal of the plainspoken man Abraham Lincoln refused to dismiss early in the Civil War by saying "I can't spare this man - he fights."
Ulysses S. Grant, Warrior President
Ulysses S. Grant was an American paradox. A failed businessman, he became a brilliant military strategist whose destruction of a defiant South gained him the label "butcher." Elected president in 1868, Grant lacked the skill to deal with reconstruction and the nation's economy. His two terms were rocked by racial conflict and corruption scandals. Financially ruined, Grant spent his final days battling cancer to finish his war memoirs