Grant served in the Union Army during the American Civil War, from 1861 through the end of the war. There's a sense that in order to control that particular complex situation acting was better than reacting. Wanted to be a Professor, ended up to be all the above but died almost poor because they fooled him in business. Twain compared the Memoirs to 's. Herman Melville toured the front in 1864, even rode with Union cavalry pursuing the Confederate guerilla Mosby.
Clearly Sherman was his right hand during the entire War. Operations in MississippiLongstreet in East TennesseeCommissioned Lieutenant-GeneralCommanding the Armies of the United StatesFirst Interview with President Lincoln 47. But the maps provided lack way too many important locations mentioned repeatedly in the text. I would have liked to have given this book a higher rating, but I found it hard to keep track of all of the various commanders and battlefields that were talked about. Twain famously compared Grant's Personal Memoirs to Caesar's De Bello Gallico, to stress not only the quality of the work, but more importantly to increase book sales. Bush both credit Grant with influencing their own writing. One can tell that Grant is adding his account to an existing literature on the subject, often seeking to offer what he views as corrections to the conventional wisdom.
He had the novelist's gift for the thumbnail sketch of character, dramatic setting of mood and introduction of the telling incident; he had the historian's ability to summarize events and incorporate them smoothly in the larger narrative; he had the topographer's feel for landscape and the economist's instinct for material essentials; and he had the philosophical vision to balance the elements of his story into the argument of his apologia pro vita sua—which was how a just triumphed over an unjust cause. His weakness as a commander, if any, was a tendency to take his natural aggressiveness too far—to assume that the enemy commander's fears would always lead him to cede the initiative. At one point stating that he joined a charge against the Mexican Army which just happened to be ordered while he was visiting the front not a place where his orders took him because he did not have the moral courage not to. North Carolina: The University of North Carolina Press, 2004. I felt that this portion tended to be more matter of fact and frequently sounded more like an after action report of various battles rather than a narrative.
The paragraph itself sits in the middle of a ten-paragraph order. Written as he was dying of throat cancer, it covers first very briefly his youth, then the first hundred pages are his experience of the Mexican War, a brief interlude of his rather unsuccessful civilian life, and then the rest is his Civil War experiences. Written while he was dying in an effort to provide future funds for his family, the great American Civil War general created a classic review of his life in a style that reminded me of an old John Ford western. This was a view of the question I had never taken before; but it was one I never forgot afterwards. At other points he makes very clear that he completely understands that fighting a war as a democracy is much different than fighting a war as a kingdom or dictatorship.
Since leaving the White House in 1877, Ulysses S. Grant was dying of cancer and the memoir was dictated to a stenographer until the constrictions of his throat made this impossible. Grant knew his opponent at Vicksburg, Pemberton, to be a waffling martinet, and correctly gauged what gambits he could get away with. It would be interesting to note how he would reflect on that difficult time of his life. Bush, credit Grant with influencing their own writing. The earliest recollection of his West Point years and service during the Mexico War link into the Civil War story.
Promoted Major-General of VolunteersUnoccupied TerritoryAdvance upon NashvilleSituation of the TroopsConfederate RetreatRelieved of the CommandRestored to the CommandGeneral Smith 24. Arrival of the Peace CommissionersLincoln and the Peace CommissionersAn Anecdote of LincolnThe Winter before PetersburgSheridan Destroys the RailroadGordon Carries the Picket LineParke Recaptures the LineThe Battle of White Oak Road 64. Each copy contained what looked like a handwritten note from Grant himself. I was without a sword, as I usually was when on horseback on the field, and wore a soldier's blouse for a coat, with the shoulder straps of my rank to indicate to the army who I was. Grant barely won his race against mortality, dying just days after completing the second and final volume. After the BattleTelegraph and Signal ServiceMovement by the Left Flank 52. As we say out West, if a man can't skin he must hold a leg while somebody else does.
As the commander of the Union army and a two-term president, he had a unique perspective on the war that interested both the public and historical scholars, as they wanted to hear his side of the story. So-called because much of the raw material originally came from the tanneries of North Africa other types of goatskin bindings denoting regions of origin include levant, turkey, niger. At this point Twain stepped in, appalled by the poor terms Grant was offered and also attracted by the publicity he might obtain for his new publishing firm. It is a significant and gratifying fact that Confederates should have joined heartily in this spontaneous move. The title of this book—The Complete Personal Memoirs of Ulysses Grant—led me to believe that he would cover his entire life, or at least all of the important parts of it, in the telling.
Personal Memoirs is devoted almost entirely to his life as a soldier, tracing the trajectory of his extraordinary career from West Point cadet to general-in-chief of all Union armies. Twain carried a copy of Grant's Unconditional Surrender letter from Fort Donelson in his pocket all his life. He was surprised by a Confederate attack at the Battle of Shiloh; although he emerged victorious, the severe casualties prompted a public outcry. The South was a military camp, controlled absolutely by the government with soldiers to back it, and the war could have been protracted, no matter to what extent the discontent reached, up to the point of open mutiny of the soldiers themselves. He didn't want to leave his wife destitute so he agreed to Mark Twain's long standing request to write his memoirs. They say that managers do the thing right, wh Stunning.