Category Grant

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. […]

Petersburg to Appomattox

Dr. Caroline Janney edited this latest addition to the “Military Campaigns of the Civil War” series from the University of North Carolina Press. This excellent book maintains the fine reputation of the series in true form. It consists of an introductory essay by Dr. Janney and nine essays produced that look at various aspects of […]

Ulysses S. Grant’s Memoirs

This is a conversation between Dr. John Marszalek and Dr. Craig Symonds regarding the new Annotated Edition of Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs Dr. Marszalek edited. As always, it’s pretty good. They had this discussion in Gettysburg, PA as part of the 2018 Lincoln Forum Symposium. According to the video’s description, “John Marszalek, editor of an […]

Cold Harbor to the Crater

This book of essays marks a transition from Professor Gary Gallagher to Professor Caroline Janney as the editor of the “Military Campaigns of the Civil War” series from the University of North Carolina Press. In the first essay, “The Two Generals Who Resist Each Other,” Dr. Gallagher compares the perceptions of Lee and Grant in […]