Category Grant

Author Discussion on the Civil War and the South

This is a pretty good discussion from the 2019 Mississippi Book Festival with four authors discussing their books. The authors are Dr. Jacquelyn Hall of UNC-Chapel Hill, on three sisters born in the 1880s and 1890s in Georgia who came to grips with the legacies of slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, the Lost Cause, […]

Ulysses S. Grant and Union Military Leadership

Here’s Professor Steven Woodworth of Texas Christian University giving a very good presentation on the leadership of Ulysses S. Grant. The video’s description reads, “Texas Christian University Professor Steven Woodworth discussed Ulysses S. Grant’s leadership style and how it compares to other Union generals. He argued that characteristics such as Grant’s calmness helped bring the Civil War to […]

The Generalship of Ulysses S. Grant

This is an older book by the British military historian J. F. C. Fuller. You can download it for free here. He starts by telling us, “The greatest event in European history was the discovery of the New World : to-day [sic] it could only be rivalled [sic] by landing on a habitable planet. The […]

Challenges of Command in the Civil War Volume 1: Generals and Generalship

This is the first volume of a two-volume collection of essays and lectures the late Dr. Richard J. Sommers delivered over his illustrious sixty-year career of scholarship. Here we have ten chapters distilling what Dr. Sommers learned over a lifetime of Civil War studies. He explains the setup in his Preface: “Some of these analyses […]

The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant

This outstanding book comes to us from the pen of Professor Charles W. Calhoun, the Thomas Harriot College Distinguished Professor of History emeritus at East Carolina University. Professor Calhoun dispels myths that have grown up around the Grant Presidency because he didn’t parrot what other historians said about Grant. Instead, he went back to the […]

Ulysses Grant’s Failed Attempt to Grant Native Americans Citizenship

Continuing the theme of Ulysses Grant’s birthday, we consider this article from Smithsonian. The article tells us, “Grant maintained that the millions of Catholic and Jewish immigrants pouring into the country should be welcomed as American citizens, as should the men, women, and children just set free from slavery during the Civil War. And, at […]

Rethinking President Grant

Ulysses S. Grant was born April 27, 1822. To help celebrate his birthday, I give you a two-part look at Grant’s presidency from National Review. Part One is here, and Part Two is here. The article tells us, “If history is just current events plus time, then biased and unfair history is bad journalism plus time. […]