Ulysses S. Grant: The Soldier and the Man

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Despite his reputation for rash decisions, brutal tactics, and intemperate behavior, Ulysses S. Grant was the only Union general who could win the war for Lincoln. Grant's aggressive strategies, swift movements and uncompromising battlefield attacks were praised in the North, feared in the South, and reviled by many of his own associates and staff. General Grant is, perhaps, one of the most controversial, enigmatic, and misunderstood generals in our nation's history. In this new biography of Grant, acclaimed ...

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Despite his reputation for rash decisions, brutal tactics, and intemperate behavior, Ulysses S. Grant was the only Union general who could win the war for Lincoln. Grant's aggressive strategies, swift movements and uncompromising battlefield attacks were praised in the North, feared in the South, and reviled by many of his own associates and staff. General Grant is, perhaps, one of the most controversial, enigmatic, and misunderstood generals in our nation's history. In this new biography of Grant, acclaimed Civil War historian, Edward G. Longacre, examines Grant's early life, military training at West Point, and his later military career for insights into his great battlefield successes and his personal misfortune. Longacre, to a degree that no other historian has done before, investigates Grant's drinking as well as his devout religious affiliation with temperance movements, and the role these conflicting forces had on his military career and conduct. Longacre's conclusions may surprise readers, but no one will doubt the research and scholarship behind them. As he has done in all his previous military biographies, Longacre challenges readers and scholars alike with a new perspective on the ever-fascinating life of General Grant.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780306812699
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/23/2006
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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Edward G. Longacre is the author of numerous biographies of Civil War generals. He is a recipient of the prestigious Fletcher Pratt Award for Civil War writing. He lives in Newport News, Virginia.

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Table of Contents


List of Maps     ix
Preface     xi
"That Boy Will Make a General!"     1
"A Most Remarkable and Valuable Young Soldier"     23
Union and Separation     45
Hardscrabble Years     65
Trial and Error     87
A Hero in Disgrace     111
"I Can't Spare This Man"     133
The Sword of Damocles     151
A Degree of Relief Scarcely Ever Equaled     169
The Idol of the Horn     193
No Turning Back     217
Additional and Magnificent Successes     241
Notes     269
Bibliography     303
Index     329
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    Posted June 27, 2008

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    Although it did NOT cover his entire life it was a somewhat good read. It covers his life from birth to the end of the war. And his battle with alchohol and his determination to defeat Robert E. Lee in the war. I do like biography's that cover the entire life so after reading this I was kinda disapointed cause I would like to read about his presidency which it did not cover. So if you are looking for his full life this book aint for you.

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