BookTo Rescue The Republic

To Rescue the Republic

Ulysses S. Grant, The Fragile Union, and the Crisis of 1876

In this follow-up to his acclaimed “Three Days” trilogy, Bret Baier’s To Rescue the Republic dramatically illuminates the life of one of America’s most consequential yet misunderstood leaders, Ulysses S. Grant, whose actions both as general and as president played an unparalleled role in preserving the United States.

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Childhood Home

The little one-story house in Point Pleasant, Ohio, where Ulysses S. Grant was born, is a historic sight now. When the Grants lived there it had only one room. Since then two additional rooms were added.

Jesse and Hannah Grant

Jesse Grant was opinionated and sometimes bombastic, while Hannah was quiet and even-tempered. Together they created a stable, loving family life for their children.

Grant as a young officer

A young officer Grant.

Julia Grant

Julia was the love of Grant’s life, with a pure devotion that lasted until his death.

White Haven

White Haven, the Dent family’s farm plantation.

The Grants

The Grants: (L-R) Nellie, Grant, Jesse, Fred, Julia, and Ulysses (Buck).

Siege of Vicksburg

A depiction of the brutal, bloody Siege of Vicksburg, which cemented Grant’s reputation as a military leader.



Confederate soldiers lay behind a stone wall at Fredericksburg after the 6th Maine overwhelmed them in May 1863.

General Grant

General Grant at his headquarters in Cold Harbor, Virginia. He was quiet and unassuming, even at his greatest moment.

Strategy Meeting

A critical meeting at Grant’s City Point headquarters.Abraham Lincoln, William TecumsehSherman, Philip Henry Sheridan, and Ulysses S. Grantstudy a map and plot a strategy to finallyend the war.

Let Us Have Peace by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, depicting the end of Civil War in 1865. Created c. 1920. (Photo by VCG Wilson/Corbis via Getty Images)

Lee’s Surrender to Grant

“Let Us Have Peace” by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, depicting the surrender of General Robert E. Lee to General Ulysses S. Grant.

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson had been vice president for less than two months when Lincoln was assassinated. His turbulent single term had the nation longing for a hero, which they once again found in Grant.

Grant’s Inauguration

Ulysses Grant’s first inauguration, March 4, 1869, brought huge crowds to the capital to see their war hero sworn into office. Not present was Grant’s predecessor Andrew Johnson or his mother, who thought all the hoopla was unseemly.

First Black Representatives

The first Black senator and members of the House of Representatives during the 41stand42ndCongress: (L-R) Representative Robert C. De Large, South Carolina; Representative Jefferson H. Long, Georgia; Senator H.R. Revels, Mississippi; Representative Benjamin S. Turner, Alabama; Representative Josiah T. Walls, Florida; Representative Joseph H. Rainey, South Carolina; Representative R. Brown Elliot, South Carolina. Currier & Ives.

(Original Caption) Cabinet of President Ulysses S. Grant in session. Depicted (L-R) are: Jacob D. Cox; Hamilton Fish; John A. Rawlins; John A.J. Cresswell; President Grant; George S. Boutwell; Adolph E. Borle. Undated Woodcut from Harper's Weekly, drawn by W.S.L. Jewett.

Cabinet Meeting

A cabinet meeting in the Grant Administration, drawn by W.S.L. Jewett. (L-R): Jacob D. Cox, Hamilton Fish, John A. Rawlins, John A.J. Cresswell, President Grant, George S. Boutwell, Adolph E. Borie, Ebenezer R. Hoar.

Let Us Have Peace

This drawing by C.S. Reinhart, titled “Let us have peace,” depicts Grant greeting Red Cloud, Spotted Tail, and Swift Bear during a visit of the Indian delegation with Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Ely S. Parker.

Grant’s Later Years

The last photo of Ulysses S. Grant, on the piazza at Mount McGregor. His work nearly done, he was in grievous pain but in peace.

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