Category Grant

2018 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Day Three

This was Sunday, June 24, 2018. We started off the day with concurrent sessions. Dr. Jonathan Lande of Weber State University gave a lecture on the US Colored Troops and Desertion. Ranger Steve Phan of the Civil War Defenses of Washington gave a presentation on the Civil War Defenses of Washington, and Susan Ashman of […]

2018 Winter Lecture Series – “The Movement Was South.” General Grant and the Overland Campaign

Here’s Ranger John Heiser with an excellent presentation on Ulysses S. Grant, focusing on his 1864 Overland Campaign. The video’s description reads, “Ulysses S. Grant was chosen by President Abraham Lincoln to lead all military forces in 1864 to finally put an end to the fighting during the Civil War. Grant’s Overland Campaign against Robert […]

Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

In preparation for this year’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, I reread the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. The edition I used this time was the Library of America edition edited by Stephen Sears and including selected Grant letters as well as notes Grant wrote to his doctor and a chronology of Grant’s life. […]

President Grant’s World Tour

Here’s Ryan Semmes, Associate Professor at Mississippi State University Libraries, talking about President Ulysses S. Grant’s trip around the world with his wife, Julia, after his term of office ended. The video’s description reads, “Ulysses S. Grant was president from 1869 to 1877. After serving two terms, he took a world tour with his family. […]

Civil War Journal General Ulysses S Grant: ‘Mr Lincolns Butcher’

Here’s an episode of “Civil War Journal,” from back when the History Channel actually cared about doing history programming. This one concerns Ulysses S. Grant. I’m sure it’ll be taken down within a few days, so watch it while you can. Thomas Fleming and William McFeely detract from the program, but it’s pretty good otherwise.

Dear Julia: Two Grant Letters

In Volume One, Number One [March, 1955] of the journal, Civil War History, E. B. Long contributed an article that contained two letters from Ulysses S. Grant to his wife, Julia. Long wrote, “Not much of a general, just a butcher, give anyone enough men and he can win, he came in at the end, too […]

American Ulysses

This one-volume biography of Ulysses S. Grant was fun to read. In his Prologue, White tells us how his volume is different from previous biographies. “Early on I became convinced I could not understand Ulysses’s story without understanding Julia’s story. Too often discounted or marginalized, she occupies a larger place in this biography. Others might […]