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On this day in 1864, Lincoln appoints Ulysses S. Grant as Lieutenant General of the Union Army
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On this day in 1864, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Ulysses S. Grant as Lieutenant General of the Union Army. The position gave Grant command of all U.S. armies and made him answerable only to the President himself.
The appointment followed a string of unsuccessful general-in-chiefs, including George McClellan, who shared mutual feelings of dislike with Lincoln and went on to run against him in the 1864 presidential election.
Did you know? The rank of lieutenant general had not been officially used since the 1790s, when President John Adams assigned George Washington to the post in anticipation of war with France.