Evidence of Ulysses Grant’s legacy is sprinkled all over eastern Missouri, as it is in southern Illinois, in western Kentucky and in Tennessee. In Missouri, 40+ interpretative panels have been placed thanks to contributors to Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation. Many of these document Grant’s presence in this state: From Jefferson Barracks near St. Louis, where he first served as a commissioned officer, to Mexico, Missouri, in the northeast, where he learned he had been promoted to the rank of general, to Ironton in the southeast, where he received his general’s commission, to Cape Girardeau, where he launched the campaign that would ultimately open the Mississippi River, and Belmont, where he first commanded troops in the field.