Category Grant

General Ulysses Grant’s Leadership

Here’s Dr. Harry Laver giving a pretty good presentation on the rise of Ulysses S. Grant. The video’s description reads, “Military historian Harry Laver explored Ulysses Grant’s early missteps and maturation as a commander in the Civil War. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event.”

The Civil War Center Podcast: The Summer of 1864

This podcast has a terrific interview with Professor Brooks D. Simpson on the Overland Campaign. The episode’s description reads, “Today, Dr. Brooks Simpson of Arizona State University joins us to discuss the summer of 1864. Dr. Simpson has written many books on the Civil War and is currently a professor at the university. In this […]

Distorted Truth: The Legacy of George Gordon Meade

This article from the July, 2022 issue of America’s Civil War magazine tells us about Major General George G. Meade. “Despite the critical role Union Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade played in the Civil War, his historical legacy typically downplays or ignores his success on the battlefields upon which he bettered the Confederacy’s legendary General […]

National Museum of the Civil War Soldier – 1864 Battle of Cold Harbor

Here’s Gordon Rhea giving an excellent presentation at Pamplin Park on the Battle of Cold Harbor. The video’s description reads, “Historian Gordon Rhea discussed the Civil War Battle of Cold Harbor, Confederate Gen. Lee’s last major victory and a bloodbath for the Union army. The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Virginia, hosted […]

Grant, Slavery, and Saint Louis

This is a great discussion with Nick Sacco of the US Grant National Historic Site on Grant and slavery. Nick is an outstanding historian and is an expert on US Grant. The video’s description reads, “Join historian Nick Sacco from the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site as he discusses a new exhibit he’s created […]

National Museum of the Civil War Soldier – Missionary Ridge

In this excellent presentation from Pamplin Park, James Ogden, the historian at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, discusses Missionary Ridge. The video’s description reads, “Historian James Ogden discussed the 1863 Civil War Battle of Missionary Ridge, including Union soldiers’ spontaneous charge uphill into Confederate fire to capture a seemingly impregnable position. The National Museum […]

The Heart of Hell

This book by Jeffry D. Wert looks at the fight for the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania Court House. This part of the Civil War saw truly savage combat for an extended amount of time. “For the tens of thousands of Yankees and Rebels who fought at the Mule Shoe salient, the ceaseless nature of the […]


In 1860, Ulysses S. Grant was a complete failure. He had resigned from the US Army as a captain, had failed as a farmer, was reduced to selling wood on the street, having to pawn his watch to buy Christmas presents for his children. He had to suffer the humiliation of having to work for […]

Seven Myths of the Civil War

This book, edited by Professor Wesley Moody, contains seven essays, each of which center on a specific myth surrounding the Civil War. The Introduction tells us, “One common and reasonable criticism of modern historians is that we overspecialize. In the case of the Civil War, we often over-sub-specialize, and this can lead to problems in […]


This article contains an interview with Donald Miller concerning his book on the Vicksburg campaign. Regarding his research, Miller says, “I visited 62 archives and uncovered well over 1,000 letters from soldiers who were not abolitionists but were eager to liberate slaves in order to destroy the Confederacy’s military economy and punish the South for […]