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Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885)

Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885)

Ulysses S. Grant's Vicksburg Medal
1863

In "appreciation of his illustrious character as a soldier"
Displayed in its gold-and-ebony presentation box, this gold medal was presented by Congress to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in honor of his 1863 capture of Vicksburg, MS, a Confederate stronghold during the Civil War. Late in life, the war hero-and ex-president-fell on hard times after making a number of bad investments. Grant was forced to pay off part of his debts with his Vicksburg medal, which-together with its box-comprised well over a pound of gold.

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Ulysses S. Grant, born April 27, 1822, Point Pleasant, OH; died. July 23, 1885, Mount McGregor, NY
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