Lincoln, Congress, Grant, and the Lieutenant General Act

Here’s Brooks Simpson speaking to the U.S. Capitol Historical Society at their 2012 Civil War Symposium.

The video’s description reads, “Arizona State University history professor Brooks Simpson talked about the Lieutenant General Act of 1864. The act made Ulysses S. Grant a lieutenant general and gave him command of the Union Army. Professor Simpson spoke at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s 2012 Civil War Symposium.”

Like all of Brooks’ presentations, this one is well worth watching, savoring, and learning.




  1. Shoshana Bee · · Reply

    This video was wisely recommended to me when I went off the rails about Grant needing to “manipulate” his way into being able to command from the field as Lt General. Wrong. It was quite clear from the lecture that Grant had every intention to command from the field from the start. Another myth laid to rest was Grant’s “interest” in the presidency in 1864, which was clearly expressed that he was not. I am often accused of being myopic, in that I am singularly devoted to intellectual material produced by Professor Simpson. After watching this video, and easily digesting the density of the material, due to the cogent manner in which the professor presents it, I admit: guilty as charged, when it comes to Grant, Professor Simpson is thee go to guy!

    1. He is, indeed. And not just Grant. 🙂

  2. Halleck got drunk in 1864? I gotta look in to this!

  3. Pat Young · · Reply

    Thanks for posting this Al. Very good talk.

    1. My pleasure, Pat.

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