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Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant
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Artist
Unidentified Artist
Copy after
Frederick Gutekunst, 25 Sep 1831 - 27 Apr 1917
Sitter
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885
Date
1865
Type
Photograph
Medium
Albumen silver print
Dimensions
RECTO: LIEUT. GEN. U. S. GRANT [inscribed in black ink, lower center, on mount]/.
VERSO: C512 [inscribed in pencil, lower left, on mount]; 0011 [stamped in black ink, lower right, on mount]/.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Robert L. Drapkin
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
S/NPG.85.127
Exhibition Label
Here, Grant is portrayed as lieutenant general of the United States, a rank previously held only by George Washington and a lofty perch for the young man who had no great ambition for a military career. Grant’s reputation as a general has waxed and waned. Overall, Lee is generally considered superior, although some of his reputation is inflated by the esteem to which he is held in the South as the ideal southerner. Lee was incredibly skilled on the battlefield, but Grant had a better overall sense of how to wage war, especially the combined activities of distant armies and the way tactics changed with modern weaponry. It has been said that Grant understood the “progressive” nature of war in a way that Lee did not. If Lee is still preferred to Grant, it may be because we see the Union general as the harbinger of World War I and its horrendous casualties.
Ulysses S. Grant
Aquí, Grant es retratado como teniente general de los Estados Unidos, un rango que solamente tuvo George Washington y una posición elevada para el joven que no tenía una gran ambición por una carrera militar. La reputación de Grant como general se ha encerado y debilitado. En general, Lee es usualmente considerado superior, aunque parte de su reputación está inflada por la estima que le tienen en el sur como el sureño ideal. Lee era increíblemente habilidoso en el campo de batalla pero Grant tenía un mejor entendimiento general de cómo librar una guerra, especialmente sobre las actividades combinadas de ejércitos distantes y la forma en que cambiaron las tácticas con el armamento moderno. Se dijo que Grant entendía la naturaleza "progresiva" de la guerra de una manera en que Lee no lo hacía. Si todavía se prefiere a Lee antes que a Grant, puede ser porque vemos al general de la Unión como el precursor de la Primera Guerra Mundial y sus espantosas muertes.
Artista no identificado, después de Frederick Gutekunst
Copia en papel a la albúmina, 1865
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; regalo de Robert L. Drapkin
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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