Category Grant

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 […]

Military Rivals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee

Here are historians John Marszalek and Craig Symonds discussing Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. The video’s description reads, “Historians John Marszalek and Craig Symonds looked at the military rivalry between Civil War Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. They compared Grant and Lee’s childhoods, their experiences at West Point, their actions during the Mexican-American […]

Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant

Here’s Professor Charles Calhoun again, delivering a lecture at the U.S. Naval War College on Grant’s presidency. The video’s description reads, “East Carolina University professor emeritus Charles Calhoun talked about the obstacles President Ulysses S. Grant faced and what he accomplished during his presidency. He spoke about how President Grant’s military background and personality influenced a variety […]

Charles Calhoun on Ulysses S. Grant

Here’s Professor Charles W. Calhoun speaking at the Smithsonian Associates on Ulysses S. Grant as President of the United States. This is an excellent presentation The video’s description reads, “Charles Calhoun reevaluated the 18th president. Mr. Calhoun is the author of The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant. He explained why Grant was considered an unsuccessful chief executive by […]

Legacies of Appomattox: Lee’s Surrender in History and Memory

Here’s Professor Elizabeth Varon of UVa giving an outstanding lecture on Appomattox and its results. The last ten minutes of the video repeat a portion of the talk and can be skipped.