Article by Susannah J. Ural, Ph.D. in The Journal of Mississippi History, Spring/Summer 2018. Special Issue on Ulysses S. Grant. In this article, “Mississippi’s Most Unlikely Hero,” Ural offers her analysis of Mississippi press coverage of Ulysses S. Grant during the American Civil War and afterward. She argues that Magnolia state newspapers’ perspective depended largely on the editors’ political position and their race. By the time of his death, however, even white Democrat editors expressed an affection for the man who largely destroyed wartime Mississippi.