|Gen. Ulysses S.Grant|
Source: National Archives
|President Ulysses S. Grant,|
18th President of the United States
After driving the Confederates from Missionary Ridge in November 1863, Grant's fame increased. On today's date in 1864, when he was promoted to Lieutenant General, he took on a position that had only been held by George Washington and Winfield Scott before him. Now, as the commander of all Union armies, Lincoln finally found a general who will win the war for him, although it will be drawn out for more than another year.
Sources: Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant; Biography.com