Baker & Taylor A history of Grant's unlikely rise to the forefront of the Union army discusses how he was forced to resign his commission during peacetime only to rise through the ranks in the first year of the war, during which his talents as an officer enabled numerous successful campaigns.
How the unprepossessing Ulysses S. Grant, whose military genius ultimately preserved the Union, came to the forefront in the Civil War is a story as surprising as it is compelling. Forced to resign his commission in the peacetime army for drinking, and thereafter reduced to eking out a living for himself and his family with hardscrabble jobs, at the outbreak of hostilities he suddenly found himself a colonel, and then a general, of volunteers. Grant made the most of unexpected commands. what he knew best, it turned out, was how to wage war, relentlessly and with irresistible force.
Early in 1862, with the conflict a year old and both sides in the West relunctant to fight, Grant seized the iniative and took Forts Henry and Donelson, capturing an entire rebel army. Later, in Mississippi, he conducted the ardous campaign against Vicksbug, cutting the confederacy in half and capturing a second army. All the time Grant was forced to cope with jealous superiors, like General Henry Halleck, while finding staunch allies in General William Sherman and Admiral David Dixon Porter, and dealing with disloyalty, like that of General John McClernard, who actually came close to replacing him.But for his many victories Grant was named commander in the West, and sent to relieve the seige of Chattanooga, which earned him his promotion to general-in-chief.
"Whip the Rebellion" was Grant's watchword every day of the war. This dramatic narrative---peopled with the heroics of hundreds of officers and enlisted men, crammed with first-hand accounts of battles, tactics, and civilian hardships---offers fresh insights into both the public and personal lives of Grant and his immediate circle.
Baker & Taylor A narrative history of Civil War general Grant's unlikely rise to the forefront of the Union army discusses how he was forced to resign his commission during peacetime only to rise unexpectedly through the ranks in the first year of the war, during which his talents as an officer enabled numerous successful campaigns. By the author of Damage Them All You Can. 15,000 first printing.