- Filename: mcclellan-sherman-and-grant.
- ISBN: 9781461731368
- Release Date: 1991-08-01
- Number of pages: 121
- Author: Harry T. Williams
- Publisher: Ivan R. Dee
Here are the characters and personalities of the three great Union generals, explored with intelligence and wit by one of our most distinguished historians of the Civil War. Mr. Williams is interested not only in military skills but in the temperament for command and, most of all, in moral courage. Each of these men, he writes, "represents a particular and significant aspect of leadership, and together they show a progression toward the final type of leadership that had to be developed before the war could be won. Most important, each one illustrates dramatically the relation between character and generalship." From McClellan's eighteenth-century view of war as something like a game conducted by experts on a strategic chessboard; to Sherman's understanding of the violent implications of making war against civilians; to the completeness of character displayed by Grant, Mr. Williams's absorbing investigation offers a fresh perspective on a subject of enduring interest.
- Filename: george-b-mcclellan-and-civil-war-history.
- ISBN: 0873386035
- Release Date: 1998-01
- Number of pages: 248
- Author: Thomas J. Rowland
- Publisher: Kent State University Press
Perhaps no other Union commander's legacy in the Civil War has been the subject of as much controversy as George B. McClellan's. Since the midpoint of this century, however, he has emerged as the complex general who, though gifted with administrative and organizational skills, was unable and unwilling to fight with the splendid army he had created. Thomas J. Rowland argues that this interpretation rests squarely within the context of general historical verdicts of the way in which the North eventually triumphed. Civil War scholars have found the quality of Union leadership in the early years of the war wanting, and that it was not until U.S. Grant and W.T. Sherman emerged that success was ensured. On the other hand, Grant and Sherman knew failure but were judged less harshly than was McClellan. In George B. McClellan and Civil War History, Rowland presents a framework in which early Civil War command can be viewed without direct comparison to that of the final two years.
- Filename: decided-on-the-battlefield.
- ISBN: 9781616145101
- Release Date: 2012-01-24
- Number of pages: 319
- Author: David Alan Johnson
- Publisher: Prometheus Books
In the summer of 1864, the American Civil War had been dragging on for over three years with no end in sight. Things had not gone well for the Union, and the public blamed the president for the stalemate against the Confederacy and for the appalling numbers of killed and wounded. Lincoln was thoroughly convinced that without a favorable change in the trajectory of the war he would have no chance of winning a second term against former Union general George B. McClellan, whom he had previously dismissed as commander of the Army of the Potomac. This vivid, engrossing account of a critical year in American history examines the events of 1864, when the course of American history might have taken a radically different direction. It’s no exaggeration to say that if McClellan had won the election, everything would have been different—McClellan and the Democrats planned to end the war immediately, grant the South its independence, and let the Confederacy keep its slaves. What were the crucial factors that in the end swung public sentiment in favor of Lincoln? Johnson focuses on the battlefield campaigns of Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman. While Grant was waging a war of attrition with superior manpower against the quick and elusive rebel forces under General Robert E. Lee, Sherman was fighting a protracted battle in Georgia against Confederate general Joseph E. Johnston. But then the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, made a tactical error that would change the whole course of the war. This lively narrative, full of intriguing historical facts, brings to life an important series of episodes in our nation’s history. History and Civil War buffs will not want to put down this real-life page-turner. From the Hardcover edition.
- Filename: u-s-grant.
- ISBN: 0807898716
- Release Date: 2009-11-15
- Number of pages: 384
- Author: Joan Waugh
- Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
At the time of his death, Ulysses S. Grant was the most famous person in America, considered by most citizens to be equal in stature to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Yet today his monuments are rarely visited, his military reputation is overshadowed by that of Robert E. Lee, and his presidency is permanently mired at the bottom of historical rankings. In U. S. Grant, Joan Waugh investigates Grant's place in public memory and the reasons behind the rise and fall of his renown, while simultaneously underscoring the fluctuating memory of the Civil War itself.
- Filename: lincoln-s-generals.
- ISBN: 9780199923571
- Release Date: 1995-10-12
- Number of pages: 272
- Author: Gabor S. Boritt
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
From the moment the battle ended, Gettysburg was hailed as one of the greatest triumphs of the Union army. Celebrations erupted across the North as a grateful people cheered the victory. But Gabor Boritt turns our attention away from the rejoicing millions to the dark mood of the White House--where Lincoln cried in frustration as General Meade let the largest Confederate army escape safely into Virginia. Such unexpected portraits abound in Lincoln's Generals, as a team of distinguished historians probes beyond the popular anecdotes and conventional wisdom to offer a fascinating look at Lincoln's relationship with his commanders. In Lincoln's Generals, Boritt and his fellow contributors examine the interaction between the president and five key generals: McClellan, Hooker, Meade, Sherman, and Grant. In each chapter, the authors provide new insight into this mixed bag of officers and the president's tireless efforts to work with them. Even Lincoln's choice of generals was not as ill-starred as we think, writes Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark E. Neely, Jr.: compared to most Victorian-era heads of state, he had a fine record of selecting commanders (for example, the contemporary British gave us such bywords for incompetence as "the charge of the Light Brigade," while Napoleon III managed to lose the entire French army). But the president's relationship with his generals was never easy. In these pages, Stephen Sears underscores McClellan's perverse obstinancy as Lincoln tried everything to drive him ahead. Neely sheds new light on the president's relationship with Hooker, arguing that he was wrong to push the general to attack at Chancellorsville. Boritt writes about Lincoln's prickly relationship with the victor of Gettysburg, "old snapping turtle" George Meade. Michael Fellman reveals the political stress between the White House and William T. Sherman, a staunch conservative who did not want blacks in his army but who was crucial to the war effort. And John Y. Simon looks past the legendary camaraderie between Lincoln and Grant to reveal the tensions in their relationship. Perhaps no other episode has been more pivotal in the nation's history than the Civil War--and yet so much of these massive events turned on a few distinctive personalities. Lincoln's Generals is a brilliant portrait that takes us inside the individual relationships that shaped the course of our most costly war.
- Filename: grant-and-sherman.
- ISBN: 0374166005
- Release Date: 2005
- Number of pages: 460
- Author: Charles Bracelen Flood
- Publisher: Macmillan
The first book to explore the important relationship between Generals Grant and Sherman discusses their pre-war failures, their subsequent career revivals during the Civil War, and most significantly, their relationship, which the author credits with saving the Union.
- Filename: life-on-the-circuit-with-lincoln.
- ISBN: 133095355X
- Release Date: 2015-07-08
- Number of pages: 752
- Author: Henry Clay Whitney
Excerpt from Life on the Circuit With Lincoln: With Sketches of Generals Grant, Sherman and McClellan, Judge Davis, Leonard Swett, and Other Contemporaries The Emancipator in Embryo; Ecce Homo; Life on the Eighth Circuit; The Presidential Nomination; Mary Todd Lincoln; His Mental and Moral Characteristics; The Romance of Ann Rutledge; Lincoln as a "Merry Andrew"; As an Orator; As A Lawyer; Lincoln as a Christian; Lincoln and McClellan; Lincoln and Slavery; Lincoln as a Politician; Lincoln and Labor; The Uprising; Turning Points; Lincoln and Grant; The Joint Debate and its Results; His Loyalty to his Friends; His Penchant for Poetry; Reminiscences; The Presidency; Miscellany; L' Envoi About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
- Filename: grant-and-lee.
- ISBN: 0313349711
- Release Date: 2008
- Number of pages: 436
- Author: Edward H. Bonekemper
- Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Taking a controversial position on the debatable issues surrounding the Civil War, this book demonstrates just how superior a general the Union's Ulysses S. Grant was to the Confederacy's Robert E. Lee.
- Filename: people-of-ohio-in-the-american-civil-war.
- ISBN: 1157263755
- Release Date: 2010-05
- Number of pages: 1088
- Author: Books, LLC
- Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 304. Chapters: Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, George B. McClellan, Allen G. Thurman, George Armstrong Custer, William Allen, John Beatty, James A. Garfield, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, William Rosecrans, Joseph Widney, Philip Sheridan, Ulysses S. Grant and the American Civil War, Sidney Edgerton, Henry Crimmel, Salmon P. Chase, George Crook, John C. Tidball, Edwin M. Stanton, Hugh Boyle Ewing, Noah Haynes Swayne, Russell A. Alger, Powhatan Beaty, James B. Steedman, Robert C. Schenck, Benjamin Brice, Henry D. Coffinberry, Quincy Adams Gillmore, William Babcock Hazen, Rufus P. Spalding, John Bingham, Charles C. Walcutt, Nathaniel McLean, Don Carlos Buell, Benjamin Wade, Jacob Dolson Cox, James B. McPherson, August Willich, Thomas Ewing, Jr., Orlando Metcalfe Poe, Kate Chase, David Tod, Thomas Custer, Benjamin F. Potts, Louis C. Shepard, John W. Sprague, Franklin B. Sprague, Clement Vallandigham, Joseph B. Foraker, George W. Morgan, Lewis B. Gunckel, Howard Stansbury, Albion W. Tourg e, Abner Read, Godfrey Weitzel, Calvin S. Brice, Henry A. Walke, Ormsby M. Mitchel, David Ross Locke, Charles R. Woods, William H. Gibson, James W. Forsyth, Frances Dana Barker Gage, John S. Mason, J. Warren Keifer, Roeliff Brinkerhoff, Henry B. Carrington, George Morton Randall, William Dennison, Jr., Irvin McDowell, Charles Griffin, David S. Stanley, John Brough, John W. Fuller, John G. Mitchell, George H. Pendleton, Edward M. McCook, Robert Kingston Scott, Orion P. Howe, Charles Champion Gilbert, Adna Chaffee, Joseph Bailey, Abram S. Piatt, August Kautz, William G. Thompson, Erastus B. Tyler, James Montgomery, William Wallace Burns, Charles Candy, Kenner Garrard, Thomas O. Osborn, William Haines Lytle, Henry M. Cist, Jasper A. Maltby, Anson G. McCook, John Patterson Rea, Benjamin R. Cowen, John Clem, Thomas J. Wood, Robert By...
- Filename: shiloh.
- ISBN: 1439128618
- Release Date: 2008-06-30
- Number of pages: 432
- Author: Larry J. Daniel
- Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The battle of Shiloh, fought in April 1862 in the wilderness of south central Tennessee, marked a savage turning point in the Civil War. In this masterful book, Larry Daniel re-creates the drama and the horror of the battle and discusses in authoritative detail the political and military policies that led to Shiloh, the personalities of those who formulated and executed the battle plans, the fateful misjudgments made on both sides, and the heroism of the small-unit leaders and ordinary soldiers who manned the battlefield.
- Filename: lincoln-s-generals-wives.
- ISBN: 1606352784
- Release Date: 2016
- Number of pages: 429
- Author: Candice Shy Hooper
The story of the American Civil War is not complete without examining the extraordinary and influential lives of Jessie Frémont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia Grant, the wives of Abraham Lincoln's top generals. They were their husbands' closest confidantes and had a profound impact on the generals' ambitions and actions. Most important, the women's own attitudes toward and relationships with Lincoln had major historical significance.Candice Shy Hooper's lively account covers the early lives of her subjects, as well as their families, their education, their political attitudes, and their personal beliefs. Once shots were fired on Fort Sumter, the women were launched out of their private spheres into a wholly different universe, where their relationships with their husbands and their personal opinions of the president of the United States had national and historical consequences.The approaches and styles of Frémont and McClellan contrast with those of Sherman and Grant, and there is equal symmetry in their wives' stories. Jessie Frémont and Nelly McClellan both encouraged their husbands to persist in their arrogance and delusion and to reject the advice and friendship of their commander in chief. In the end, Jessie and Nelly contributed most to the Union war effort by accelerating their husbands' removal from active command. Conversely, while Ellen Sherman's and Julia Grant's belief in their husbands' character and potential was ardent, it was not unbounded. Ellen and Julia did not hesitate to take issue with their spouses when they believed their actions were wrong or their judgments ill-advised. They intelligently supported their husbands' best instincts--including trust in and admiration for Lincoln--and rebuffed their worst. They were the source of strength that Sherman and Grant used to win the Civil War.
- Filename: ulysses-s-grant.
- ISBN: 9780760346969
- Release Date: 2014-10-21
- Number of pages: 560
- Author: Brooks Simpson
Many modern historians have painted Ulysses S. Grant as a butcher, a drunk, and a failure as president. Others have argued the exact opposite and portray him with saintlike levels of ethic and intellect. In Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity 1822â??1865, historian Brooks D. Simpson takes neither approach, recognizing Grant as a complex and human figure with human faults, strengths, and motivations. Simpson offers a balanced and complete study of Grant from birth to the end of the Civil War, with particular emphasis on his military career and family life and the struggles he overcame in his unlikely rise from unremarkable beginnings to his later fame as commander of the Union Army. Chosen as a New York Times Notable Book upon its original publication, Ulysses S. Grant is a readable, thoroughly researched portrait that sheds light on this controversial figure.
- Filename: the-american-civil-war.
- ISBN: 0313290199
- Release Date: 1996
- Number of pages: 754
- Author: Steven E. Woodworth
- Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Given in memory of Lt. Charles Britton Hudson, CSA & Sgt. William Henry Harrison Edge, CSA by Eugene Edge III.
- Filename: shiloh-and-antietam-the-1862-battles-that-saved-the-union.
- ISBN: 1492339563
- Release Date: 2013-09-05
- Number of pages: 100
- Author: Charles River Charles River Editors
*Includes pictures of important people, places, and events. *Includes maps of the battles. *Analyzes the generalship of the battles' most important leaders, including Lee and McClellan at Antietam, and Grant, Sherman and Johnston at Shiloh. *Includes descriptions of the fighting at both battles from the post-battle reports of some of the leading generals. *Includes a Bibliography of each Battle for further reading. After Union General Ulysses S. Grant captured Fort Henry and Fort Donelson in early 1862, Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston, widely considered the Confederacy's best general, concentrated his forces in northern Georgia and prepared for a major offensive that culminated with the biggest battle of the war to that point, the Battle of Shiloh. On the morning of April 6, Johnston directed an all out attack on Grant's army around Shiloh Church, and though Grant's men had been encamped there, they had failed to create defensive fortifications or earthworks. They were also badly caught by surprise. With nearly 45,000 Confederates attacking, Johnston's army began to steadily push Grant's men back toward the river. As fate would have it, the Confederates may have been undone by friendly fire at Shiloh. Johnston advanced out ahead of his men on horseback while directing a charge near a peach orchard when he was hit in the lower leg by a bullet that historians now widely believe was fired by his own men. Nobody thought the wound was serious, including Johnston, who continued to aggressively lead his men and even sent his personal physician to treat wounded Union soldiers taken captive. But the bullet had clipped an artery, and shortly after being wounded Johnston began to feel faint in the saddle. With blood filling up his boot, Johnston unwittingly bled to death. The delay caused by his death, and the transfer of command to subordinate P.G.T. Beauregard, bought the Union defenders critical time on April 6, and the following day Grant's reinforced army struck back and pushed the Confederate army off the field. The bloodiest day in American history took place on the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. On September 17, 1862, Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia fought George McClellan's Union Army of the Potomac outside Sharpsburg along Antietam Creek. That day, nearly 25,000 would become casualties, and Lee's army would barely survive fighting the much bigger Northern army. Although the battle was tactically a draw, it resulted in forcing Lee's army out of Maryland and back into Virginia, making it a strategic victory for the North and an opportune time for President Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in the rebellious states. Shiloh & Antietam explains the two crucial campaigns of 1862, including the events that led up to the decisive battles, what went right and wrong on both sides, and the aftermath of the battles. Accounts of the battles by important leaders like Lee, McClellan, Sherman, Grant, Beauregard and others are included, along with analysis of the generals and fighting. Along with maps of the battles and pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Antietam and Shiloh like you never have before.
- Filename: hayes-of-the-twenty-third.
- ISBN: 0803297610
- Release Date: 1994-04-01
- Number of pages: 324
- Author: T. Harry Williams
- Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Rutherford B. Hayes became president of the United States after the disputed election of 1876. But for Hayes the "golden years" were not the four he spent in the White House but the four he served as a unit commander in the Civil War. "It was as though he had encountered in the war a largeness of the human spirit, courage, generosity, sacrifice, that disappeared in the peace. . . . No matter how high heøwent, he would always be Colonel Hayes of the Twenty-third Ohio Volunteer Regiment from 1861 to 1865. This is the exciting story of his part in the western Virginia campaign, chasing the Confederate John Morgan up and down the Ohio, and fighting under Phil Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley.