Here’s William C. “Jack” Davis at the 2015 Lincoln Forum giving a presentation comparing the biographies of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, to identify key elements in their lives that led to them being the type of generals they were. It’s an excellent presentation.
The video’s description reads, “Historian and author William Davis talks about the different upbringings of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee and how their childhoods impacted their later lives. Mr. Davis argues that Grant’s optimistic and outward-facing worldview were brought about by both the freedom and responsibility he was given by his father. In contrast, Mr. Davis suggests that Lee developed strict regimes and remained isolated from his peers because of his mother’s firm hand and high expectations. The Lincoln Forum hosted this talk.”