Here’s Dr. Richard J. Sommers delivering a Perspectives in Military History lecture at the US Army Heritage and Education Center a few years ago. Dr. Sommers is one of the most distinguished scholars of military history in general and the Civil War in particular. His breadth and depth of knowledge constantly amazes me, and he’s an incredibly generous scholar, giving much aid to those who are doing research.
Yes, that’s yours truly asking the first question 🙂
The video’s description reads, “Ulysses S. Grant was neither a magnetic leader of Soldiers (such as George McClellan or George Patton) nor a military genius (in the mold of Robert E. Lee or Douglas MacArthur). Yet his qualities of command mark him as the best general in the Federal Army and one of the most successful generals in all of American history. Most significantly, he understood how to convert advantages into achievements. Our February program analyzes the generalship of Ulysses S. Grant, identifies his many strengths as a military commander, and yet also acknowledges limitations in his leadership. The presentation proceeds to place his generalship in the overall context of the American Civil War.”