Tag Archives: U.S. Grant

U.S. Grant Urges Iowans to Approve Suffrage for Black Men

The following was passed along by ECW’s friend William Underhill, one of the stalwart keeper’s of Ulysses S. Grant’s flame as a member of the Friends of Grant Cottage, the organization that staffs the site where Grant died in upstate … Continue reading

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The Great Naval Leaders

On May 10 I lectured about the Battle of Midway to Old Dominion University’s Institute of Learning in Retirement. Over the course of a wonderful discussion, I assessed one of the U.S. commanders, Raymond Spruance, as “one of the greatest … Continue reading

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Pontoon Bridges: The Great Crossings

Yesterday Sarah Kay Bierle looked at the ancient uses of pontoon bridges and its perspectives on the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg. While she addressed the difficulties of bridging rivers, I would like to look at the other side of the coin: … Continue reading

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Grant, the Wilderness, and the Loneliness of Command

On the evening of May 6, 1864, Lieutenant General U.S. Grant considered the day’s events. The Battle of the Wilderness had just ended its second day, and Grant’s forces had been  beaten and battered in a way he’d never seen. … Continue reading

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The Falling Out Between John McClernand and Ulysses S. Grant

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Sean Michael Chick Butler, Banks, Sigel, McClernand. These are just the most infamous of the “political generals” of the American Civil War. The four named here are usually considered military incompetents, their … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: The Desert War II

A charismatic general fights for an extended period in one theater against the same force under a succession of generals. Despite being outnumbered and often under-supplied, he manages to win a series of spectacular victories that capture the world’s attention … Continue reading

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Review: “My Greatest Quarrel with Fortune”: Major General Lew Wallace in the West, 1861-1862

Lew Wallace lived a life of many hats. From volunteer in the Mexican War, to lawyer, Civil War General, territorial governor where he tangled with Billy the Kid, best-selling novelist, and ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Wallace’s biography reads like … Continue reading

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James H. Wilson and the American Civil War

John Buford, Wesley Merritt, George Bayard, Thomas C. Devin. These are but a few of the names that more often than not come to mind when one thinks of the premier Union cavarymen of the Civil War. Certainly more names could be … Continue reading

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He Had Won for Himself an Honorable Name: Brig. Gen. John Chambliss’ Untimely Death

Today, we are pleased to welcome back author Jimmy Price The Richmond-Petersburg Campaign witnessed many dark days for the Army of Northern Virginia, but one that has received scant attention is August 16, 1864. On that day, Lee’s army lost … Continue reading

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Some Reflections on William Tecumseh Sherman

I must admit, it is exceptionally difficult to reflect on William Tecumseh Sherman. No question, he was one of the most enigmatic individuals of the American Civil War. The mere mention of his name in general company today, 150 years … Continue reading

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