General Ulysses S. Grant: The Soldier and the Man

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Da Capo Press, Sep 10, 2007 - History - 368 pages
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In this new biography of General Ulysses S. Grant, acclaimed Civil War historian, Edward G. Longacre, examines Grant’s early life and his military career for insights into his great battlefield successes as well as his personal misfortunes. Longacre concentrates on Grant’s boyhood and early married life; his moral, ethical, and religious views; his troubled military career; his strained relationships with wartime superiors; and, especially, his weakness for alcohol, which exerted a major influence on both his military and civilian careers. Longacre, to a degree that no other historian has done before, investigates Grant’s alcoholism in light of his devout religious affiliations, and the role these sometimes conflicting forces had on his military career and conduct. Longacre’s conclusions present a new and surprising perspective on the ever-fascinating life of General Grant.
 

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In his well-written account, Longacre, a prolific author of Civil War histories (most recently Confederate Goliath), illuminates not only Grant's military career but also the infrequently covered ... Read full review

Contents

A Most Remarkable and Valuable Young Soldier
23
Union and Separation
45
Hardscrabble Years
65
Trial and Error
87
Belmont November 7 1861
102
A Hero in Disgrace
111
Fort Henry and Fort Donelson Campaign February 416 1862
113
Shiloh April 6 1862
130
The Siege of Vicksburg May 18July 4 1863
185
The Idol of the Hour
193
Chattanooga November 24 1863
203
Overland Campaign 1864
219
Additional and Magnificent Successes
241
Notes
269
Richmond to Appomattox 245
295
Bibliography
303

The Sword of Damocles
151
A Degree of Relief Scarcely Ever Equaled
169

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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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