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* TheDeterminator: One trait that shines through in everything that Grant does is his dogged determination. No matter what hardships he experiences, he faces them head on and does so with as much dignity as he can muster.

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One trait that shines through in everything that Grant does is his dogged determination. No matter what hardships he experiences, he faces them head on and does so with as much dignity as he can muster.muster.
** At the end of his life, Grant was dying painfully of cancer that made even the act of drinking a glass of water agonizing. However, he held onto life through sheer force of will to complete his memoirs and have them published so he could make sure his family could rebuild their finances.

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* FallenOnHardTimesJob: After his first discharge from the military, Grant toiled the field alongside his slave and sold firewood when times got truly desperate. Played with in the fact that Grant never saw this as degrading.


* ThePollyanna: Grant was quite the optimist. When Sherman tells him "We've had the devilís own day, haven't we?", Grant responds "Lick 'em tomorrow."

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* ThePollyanna: Grant was quite the optimist. When W.T. Sherman tells him "We've had the devilís own day, haven't we?", to which Grant responds "Lick 'em tomorrow."

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* ThePollyanna: Grant was quite the optimist. When Sherman tells him "We've had the devilís own day, haven't we?", Grant responds "Lick 'em tomorrow."


* FakeAmerican: Lincoln is played by a South African.

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* FakeAmerican: Lincoln is played by a South African.

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* HistoricalBeautyUpgrade: Grant's wife IRL was cross-eyed; she is played by a much younger actor.


*FriendlyEnemy: Grant is literally friends with some of the Confederate officers, whom he knew from West Point or previous military service. He tends to extend the attitude towards all Confederates though, treating them respectfully in person and offering lenient terms of surrender, earning their postwar gratitude. Some of his men show this as well, sharing bread with starving Confederates after their surrender at Vicksburg.



* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: The interview segments point out that Grant was lauded as a hero in his lifetime and up until the early [=20th=] Century, which is when revisionist histories sympathetic to the Confederacy begin casting Grant as the villain in the Civil War.

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* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The interview segments point out that Grant was lauded as a hero in his lifetime and up until the early [=20th=] Century, which is when revisionist histories sympathetic to the Confederacy begin casting Grant as the villain in the Civil War.



*OfficerAndAGentleman: Robert E. Lee, who comes from the closest thing America has to aristocracy. The commentators contrast him sharply with Grant, who came from humble origins and takes a more modern view of warfare.



* WeHaveReserves: Grant keeps pressing the attack against the Confederates because he knows he has a numbers advantage.

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* WeHaveReserves: Grant keeps pressing the attack against the Confederates because he knows he has a numbers advantage.advantage.
*WorthyOpponent: Grant and Lee view each other as this. After hearing about each other's exploits in different theaters, by the last year of the war they're practically itching to face off directly.


* CigarChomper: Grant's early successes in the Civil War lead to his being sent thousands of cigars by a grateful public. Afterwards, he's rarely seen without a cigar in mouth in the filmed segments. The interviews mention that Grant could smoke up to 20 cigars a day.

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* CigarChomper: Grant's early successes in the Civil War lead to his being sent thousands of cigars by a grateful public. Afterwards, he's rarely seen without a cigar in his mouth in the filmed segments. The interviews mention that Grant could smoke up to 20 cigars a day.

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* FourStarBadass: Grant is so badass on the battlefield that the American government makes him the first three-star general of the US Army since UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington and eventually creates the four-star position of General of the Armies just for him.


* TheAlcoholic: The first episode touches on Grant's supposed alcoholism. He's shown drunk in the years he's forced to spend alone in the Pacific Northwest and forced to spend years away from his wife and children. The historians being interviewed say that his drinking was exaggerated by those who saw him as a villain.

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* TheAlcoholic: The first episode touches on Grant's supposed alcoholism. He's shown drunk in the years he's forced to spend alone in the Pacific Northwest and forced to spend years away from his wife and children. The historians being interviewed say that his drinking was exaggerated by those who saw him as a villain.


* TheAlcoholic: The first episode touches on Grant's supposed alcoholism. He's shown drunk while alone in the Pacific Northwest and forced to spend years away from his wife and children. The historians being interviewed say that his drinking was exaggerated by those who saw him as a villain.

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* TheAlcoholic: The first episode touches on Grant's supposed alcoholism. He's shown drunk while in the years he's forced to spend alone in the Pacific Northwest and forced to spend years away from his wife and children. The historians being interviewed say that his drinking was exaggerated by those who saw him as a villain.


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* DisappearedDad: Because the US Army stationed him in the Pacific Northwest for years, he's a stranger to his eldest son, Frederick, when he finally returns home. The interviews mention that Grant's second son, Ulysses, Jr., was two-years-old by the time his father finally laid eyes on him.


** The Battle of the Crater, where poor Union leadership turned a Union advantage into a turkey shoot for the Confederates. The Confederates gave no quarter to the colored units and white officers desperately began shooting their own men in an attempt to earn mercy and be taken prisoner instead.

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** The Battle of the Crater, where poor Union leadership turned a Union advantage into a turkey shoot for the Confederates. The Confederates gave no quarter to the colored units and white officers desperately began shooting their own men in an attempt to earn mercy and be taken prisoner instead.instead.
* WeHaveReserves: Grant keeps pressing the attack against the Confederates because he knows he has a numbers advantage.


* SoldiersAtTheRear: During the Mexican-American War, Grant serves as a quartermaster, but still gets a chance to demonstrate his skills and heroism.

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* SoldiersAtTheRear: During the Mexican-American War, Grant serves as a quartermaster, but still gets a chance to demonstrate his skills and heroism.heroism.
* WarIsHell:
** The Battle of the Wilderness, where the battleground becomes engulfed in flames and the air is filled with the screams of the wounded who are trapped and burning alive in the conflagration.
** The Battle of the Crater, where poor Union leadership turned a Union advantage into a turkey shoot for the Confederates. The Confederates gave no quarter to the colored units and white officers desperately began shooting their own men in an attempt to earn mercy and be taken prisoner instead.

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