Category Grant

Ulysses S. Grant Birthday Colloquy Featuring General Petraeus and Elizabeth Samet

Here’s an excellent discussion of Ulysses S. Grant between General David Petraeus and Professor Elizabeth Samet, who is the editor of one version of the annotated Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. It’s far more successful when General Petraeus is paired with a historian. The video’s description reads, “On April 27, 2020 the Grant Monument Association hosted […]

Ron Chernow at the National Book Festival on Grant

Here’s author Ron Chernow discussing the life of Ulysses S. Grant based on his biography of the General. Unfortunately, he has a few lapses in his understanding of military issues. The video’s description reads, “Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow recalled the life of Ulysses S. Grant at the 18th annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.” https://www.c-span.org/video/?449746-17/historian-ron-chernow-discusses-grant

Leadership, Life, and Legacy of Ulysses S. Grant

Here’s a decent conversation between retired General David Petreus and Ronald C. White on White’s biography of Ulysses S. Grant. The video’s description reads, “Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War battlefield commander-turned-commander-in-chief fell out of favor with twentieth century historians. Yet in his day Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in […]

Ron Chernow on Ulysses S. Grant with General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus

Here’s a discussion between author Ron Chernow and retired General David Petraeus about Ulysses S. Grant. I’m actually a bit disappointed because I detected a number of errors during the discussion, as well as disagreeing with Mr. Chernow’s assertion that Grant was an alcoholic. I’ll have to get his book to check his sources. The […]

My Dearest Julia

This book from the Library of America is a compilation of letters Ulysses S. Grant wrote to Julia Dent Grant, his fiance and then wife while he was away either in the Mexican War or the Civil War. As the noted biographer Ron Chernow writes in his Introduction, “Grant’s wartime letters are concise and economical […]

Civil War Talk Radio Episode 1613: Vicksburg: Grants Campaign That Broke the Confederacy

Here’s a nice interview between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Professor Donald Miller on Dr. Miller’s latest book. Dr. Miller, I think, is off on the so-called “Yazoo Bender” [I believe Brooks Simpson has the best view on it], but otherwise this is pretty good.

Partners in Command

This book by Professor Joseph T. Glatthaar starts out as a fairly conventional study with the standard interpretations of individuals such as Abraham Lincoln and George B. McClellan, but as we get into it we see it has some additional nuggets that make it worthwhile. In describing the book, Dr. Glatthaar writes, “As American military […]