Category Grant

Lincoln, Congress, Grant, and the Lieutenant General Act

Here’s Brooks Simpson speaking to the U.S. Capitol Historical Society at their 2012 Civil War Symposium. The video’s description reads, “Arizona State University history professor Brooks Simpson talked about the Lieutenant General Act of 1864. The act made Ulysses S. Grant a lieutenant general and gave him command of the Union Army. Professor Simpson spoke at the U.S. […]

Institute for Honor 2015: “Lincoln and Grant: Achieving the Peace” with H.W. Brands

Here’s historian H. W. Brands giving a lecture at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA on Lincoln and Grant. The video’s description reads, “Henry William Brands was born in Oregon, went to college in California, sold cutlery across the American West and earned graduate degrees in mathematics and history in Oregon and Texas. ~ […]

Grant Rap

Inspired by the brilliant hit musical, Hamilton, I thought I’d try my hand. I’m no Lin-Manuel Miranda for sure, but it’s a start. Let’s lobby for a musical about Grant! [Who lives, who dies, who tells your story] My name is Hiram but they call me Ulysses, I’m out to prove all the Rebels are sissies. I […]

Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, and Leadership

Here’s Jack Davis speaking at the 2017 Longwood University symposium in Farmville, VA. He’s talking about U.S. Grant and R. E. Lee. The video’s description reads, “William ‘Jack’ Davis compared the upbringings and leadership skills of Union General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate General Robert E. Lee. This talk was part of a day-long seminar […]

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, […]