Ulysses S. Grant
Documentary about Ulysses S. Grant. During the Civil War, Grant's ruthlessness in battle won him the nickname "Unconditional Surrender" and the admiration of the Northern public. He was the author of the great Union victory at Vicksburg, which etched his name in military history and altered the course of war. Abraham Lincoln's favorite general, Grant was elevated to exalted military rank held previously only by George Washington. He was a leader for whom thousands of Northern soldiers were willing to fight and die, and for whom thousands did. Most memorably, he was the general who took Lee's surrender at Appomattox, and the author of its generous terms. Grant was also president of the United States during one of the most tumultuous moments in its history. For two terms, he struggled to define the meaning of the war he had fought so hard to win, and the union he had fought to preserve.