Category Grant

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.

CWTR The Presidency of US Grant

Here’s Professor Charles Calhoun interviewed by host Gerry Prokopowicz on Civil War Talk Radio regarding his book, The Presidency of U.S. Grant. This is a terrific interview.

The Civil War Generalship Coin

I’ve been thinking about how we view Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, and I’ve hit upon the idea that the two men are two sides of a single coin. Just about any quality one can identify in one leader that makes that man a superlative general can be found in the other leader. […]

Custer’s Trials

This is a wonderful book by T. J. Stiles. It was a pleasure to read, both because it was engagingly written and because the author doesn’t confine himself to simple biography but instead places the subject within the context of the times, giving us in essence a history of the part of the United States […]

Ron Chernow on Ulysses S. Grant with General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus

Here’s a conversation between David Petraeus and Ron Chernow on Chernow’s new book on Ulysses S. Grant. I’d like to see a conversation between Chernow and a Civil War historian one of these days, preferably a Grant scholar. This conversation is a bit unsatisfying. The video’s description reads, “Ron Chernow on Ulysses S. Grant with […]