Grant: As Military Commander

Grant: As Military Commander

by James Marshall-Cornwall




In 1861, when the Civil War began, Ulysses S. Grant was an ill-paid, somewhat-drunken, 38-year-old clerk in the township of Galena, Illinois. Four years later, when he received the surrender of the Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee at the historic courthouse of Appomattox, Grant had established himself as one of the great military commanders of all time. How such a transformation, as extraordinary as any in the annals of generalship, came about is made clear in this masterly book.

A West Point training and active service in the Mexican War meant that less than a year after joining the Union Army, Grant was already in command of the invasion of Tennessee. Thereafter, the milestones in his achievement are marked by some of the most memorable names in the war: Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and Petersburg.

General Sir James Marshall-Cornwall's approach is illuminating from several points of view. As a student of the Napoleonic campaigns and as the author of military biographies of Massena and of Napoleon himself, Sir James is able to appraise Grant's achievement not merely in he context of the Civil War, but by comparison with the acknowledged masters of strategy and tactics. As a geographer, Sir James is constantly aware of the terrain over which Grant fought and so of the physical considerations by which he was bound. As a serving officer, Sir James shows and awareness - not always shared by armchair strategists - of what the command of troops and the presence of a resourceful enemy actually entail.

Ulysses S. Grant, Sir James Marshall-Cornwall believes, was one of he great military commanders of history. This book persuasively sets out the grounds upon which this conviction is based.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566199131
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
Publication date: 07/15/1995
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.41(d)

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