Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States (1869–1877) following his dominant role in the second half of the Civil War. Under Grant, the Union Army defeated the Confederate military and effectively ended the war with the surrender of Robert E. Lee's army at Appomattox. As President he led the Radical Republicans in their effort to eliminate all vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery; he effectively destroyed the Ku Klux Klan in 1871. His reputation was marred by his repeated defense of corrupt appointees, and by the deep economic depression (called the "Panic of 1873") that dominated his second term. Although his Republican Party split in 1872 with reformers denouncing him, Grant was easily reelected. By 1874 the opposition was gaining strength and as he left the White House in March 1877, conservative white southerners regained control of every state in the South and Reconstruction ended on a note of failure as the civil rights of blacks were not secure.
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When Holly Springs was captured by Union forces in 1862 Gen. Ulysses S. Grant commandeered Walter Place to be a residence for his wife and son and her slave.
The home is currently owned by former General Manager of the Minnesota Vikings football team, Mike Lynn.