GENERAL ULYSSES S. GRANT: THE SOLDIER & THE MAN
Author: Edward G. Longacre
Publisher: PERSEUS / RUNNING PRESS, Jul 2006
A fresh new look at General Grant's great battlefield victories, before & during the Civil War, & the effect that his conflicted personality had on his military career. 16 pgs. B&W photos, 8 maps; 6x9 inches, 384 pgs.
Despite his reputation for rash decisions, brutal tactics, & intemperate behavior, Ulysses S. Grant was the only Union general who could win the war for Lincoln. Grant's aggressive strategies, swift movements & uncompromising battlefield attacks were praised in the North, feared in the South, and reviled by many of his own associates & 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 mjilitary career & conduct.
Longacre's conclusions may surprise readers, but no one will doubt the research & scholarship behind them. As he has done in all his previous military biographies, Longacre challenges readers & scholars alike with a new perspective on the ever-fascinating life of General Grant.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Edward G. Longacre is the author of numerous biographies of Civil War generals, including General John Bufore and Joshua Chamberlain. He received the prestigious Fletcher Pratt Award for Civil War writing for his book The Cavalry at Gettysburg. He lives in Newport News, Virginia.