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Scituate, MA: Digital Scanning, Inc., 1998. First DSI printing [stated]. Hardcover. 584 pages & 647 pages [and errata page], 2-vol. set, illus., maps, appendix, index. Born in 1822, Grant went to West Point reluctantly and graduated in the middle of his class. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Grant was appointed by the governor to command a volunteer regiment. In February 1862, he took Fort Henry and attacked Fort Donelson. When the Confederate commander asked for terms, Grant replied, No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. At Shiloh in April, Grant fought one of the bloodiest battles in the West. Grant then maneuvered and fought skillfully to win Vicksburg, the key city on the Mississippi, cutting the Confederacy in two. Then he broke the Confederate hold on Chattanooga. Lincoln appointed him General-in-Chief in March 1864. Grant directed Sherman to drive through the South while he himself, with the Army of the Potomac . Finally, on April 9, 1865, at Appomattox Court House, Lee surrendered. As President, Grant presided over the Government much as he had run the Army. About the time he learned that he had cancer he started writing his recollections to provide for his family, racing against death to produce these Memoirs. Soon after completing the last page, he died.