Category Grant

Grant’s Terms of Surrender at Appomattox

Here’s Professor Joan Waugh of UCLA speaking at the 2016 Lincoln Forum on Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. The video’s description reads, “Joan Waugh talked about how Union General Ulysses S. Grant conducted the surrender at Appomattox and sought to foster an atmosphere of reconciliation with the defeated Confederates. She argued that Grant, […]

Four Influential Civil War Military Wives

Here’s Candice Shy Hooper talking about her book, Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War for Better and for Worse. This is a pretty good discussion. Unfortunately, the interviewer botches several details. Hooper does correct a couple of them. Hooper does misunderstand the Frémont situation a bit, I think she misunderstands Mary Lincoln, […]

When General Grant Expelled the Jews

In this video from 2012 Jonathan Sarna gives an excellent presentation based on his book about Ulysses S. Grant’s infamous General Orders Number 11, which ordered the expulsion of all Jews from his area of operations. This is perhaps Grant’s worst hour, and an act for which he spent several years atoning. The video’s description reads, […]

Q&A with Ronald White

Here’s an interview C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb did with Ronald C. White, author of the latest biography of Ulysses S. Grant. White says he’s the first biographer to use all the volumes of the Grant Papers. Well, that’s fine, but what does he have to say that’s different from other biographers, and how did those volumes […]

Historian Brooks Simpson

Here’s a C-SPAN interview with Brooks Simpson, who is one of the top historians working today. I’m proud to call him a friend. The video’s description reads, “Professor Brooks Simpson talked about the challenges of writing history and biography. Professor Simpson is the author of multiple books on the Civil War and Reconstruction era, including […]

Brooks Simpson: The Legacy and Life of Ulysses S Grant

Here’s an excellent interview with Brooks D. Simpson talking about Ulysses S. Grant. The video’s description reads, “We go one on one with Author, Brooks Simpson, a leading expert on General Ulysses S Grant. He talks about Grant’s struggles to create a career after he left the Army in the early 1850s, and then how […]

CWI 2016 Day Two

Here’s why your bank account is in danger at the CWI. This was the first full day. We started off with a two-hour session giving us an overview of Reconstruction. I was in the session with Andrew Slap of East Tennessee State University. He did a good job, giving us a standard by-the-book overview. You […]