Civil War Missouri

The U.S. Grant Trail


GrantThe North's greatest general is also Missouri's favorite military son. Ohio-born Ulysses Grant was assigned to Jefferson Barracks near St. Louis in 1843 after his graduation from West Point. Grant met and later married Julia Dent during his time there. After leaving regular service in 1854, he spent six more years in St. Louis.

By July 1861, Grant was back in Missouri in a combat role, as Colonel of Illinois volunteers. Moving steadily south from Quincy IL to Missouri's "Bootheel" on the Mississippi River, Grant tasted his first action as a Civil War commander.

Explore Ulysses Grant's life in Missouri by following this link to an interactive map hosted by Missouri's Civil War:

Website links to Missouri Civil War places: Missouri Links