Category Grant

Ulysses S. Grant 200th Birthday Commemoration- General Grant National Memorial, New York City

You can view the commemoration of Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th birthday, featuring a keynote address by Professor Brooks D. Simpson. The video’s description reads, “Full video of the President Ulysses S. Grant 200th Birthday Commemoration at General Grant National Memorial (Grant’s Tomb), New York City… interview with Ulysses Grant Dietz at the end of the […]

Saving Yellowstone

In this presentation, Dr. Megan Kate Nelson situates the early days of the Yellowstone National Park within the context of the end of the Civil War and within Reconstruction. The video’s description reads, “Megan Kate Nelson looked at the federal debate and passage of the 1872 Yellowstone Act, which established the world’s first national park. This […]

My Ulysses S. Grant Book Recommendations

As today, April 27, 2022, was Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th Birthday, several people have posted their top five Grant books at various forums. I decided to make my own list. Coming in at Number 5: The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. There are several versions around. Two I’ve seen recommended but I haven’t read […]

The Past, the Promise Episode 33: Season II, Episode IV: Ulysses S. Grant and the Ku Klux Klan Act

This is an outstanding podcast featuring interviews with Professor Yohuru Williams and Dr. Megan Kate Nelson on US Grant and the KKK Act during Reconstruction. Dr. Jeffrey Engel and Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky host the podcast. The episode’s writeup tells us, “But what happened after the Union shattered? It’s not easy to put the pieces of […]

Ulysses S. Grant and the Electoral Crisis of 1876-77

Here is a great essay by Professor Brooks D. Simpson regarding the role President Ulysses S. Grant played in the election that resulted in Rutherford B. Hayes being elected. He tells us, “contemporary observers recognized that the President played a critical role in shaping the course of events during the electoral dispute. Unlike some other […]

Civil War Petersburg

Here’s Will Greene at the 2021 Pamplin Park symposium giving a great talk on the First Offensive at Petersburg. Unfortunately, his microphone cut out a few times early in the talk. The technical folks were able to fix it, though. The video’s description reads, “Former Pamplin Historical Park Executive Director Wilson Green talked about Civil […]

Myth: Grant Stopped the Prisoner Exchange

Here’s an article from the folks at the Andersonville Historical Site busting the neoconfederate lie that Grant was responsible for ending the prisoner exchange during the Civil War. It tells us, “The prison exchange system, codified on July 22, 1862 by the Dix Hill Cartel, called for equal exchanges of all soldiers captured, and these […]

Was James Longstreet the “Best Man” at Ulysses and Julia Grant’s Wedding?

Take a look at this article from Nick Sacco and the US Grant National Historic Site. It’s excellent. It tells us, “The first recorded claim of Longstreet as Grant’s best man dates back to a 1905 book entitled Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer, written posthumously by Gilbert Moxley Sorrel, a Brigadier General who was […]

Ulysses S. Grant, Slavery, and the “Hiring Out System” in St. Louis

Here is an outstanding post on the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site blog from Nick Sacco, a superb historian with the National Park Service. Nick has done superior detective work to show Ulysses S. Grant’s having rented enslaved people while he was trying to succeed at farming in Missouri. In the post he provides […]


Here’s another hilarious contribution from Atun-Shei Films correcting lost cause lies. He doesn’t really understand what Lee was doing and how Lee’s strategy was the best the confederates could put up, but other than that it’s pretty good. The video’s description reads, “Checkmate, Lincolnites! Debunking Lost Cause myths – as well as more benign common […]