General John Rawlins on left, General T. S. Bowers on right.
Some experts say this is the most famous photo of the Civil War.
Although this old photo says "Maj. Gen. U. S. Grant," it is actually a photo of him from the fall of 1861 early in the War when he was a Brigadier General. Notice the length of his beard. When his wife, Julia, saw this, she made him shave off the extra length. (Battles and Leaders of The Civil War, Part 1, Century Company, 1887)
Spurious picture of Grant for Harper's Weekly, March 8, 1862
See the attached article for the whole story.
He graduated 21st in a class of 39 cadets.
Lieutenant Grant, Age 27, at Sackett's Harbor, New York.
Reading Maps. He had an outstanding memory for topography.
The military attire of Grant during the Civil War tells you something about his rank.
1861 June Colonel 21st Illinois volunteers. Eagle on his shoulder. Buttons in groups of 2.? Not sure.
Single Star on his shoulders, August, 1861, Brigadier General of Volunteer Soldiers. Buttons in groups of 2.
Two Stars on his shoulders, February, 1862, Major General of Volunteer Soldiers. Buttons in groups of 3.
Two Stars on his shoulders, Post-Vicksburg Victory, Major General, Regular Army. Buttons in groups of 3.
Three Stars on his shoulders, March 9, 1863, Lieutenant General all Union Armies. Buttons in groups of 3.
Four Stars on his shoulders, July, 1866, General of all the Armies. Buttons in groups of 4.
Illustration from Men of Our Day, by L. P. Brockett, 1872