The Rise of U.S. Grant

The Rise of U.S. Grant

The Rise of U.S. Grant

The Rise of U.S. Grant

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Study of the Civil War period has a peculiar charm. A charm which, no doubt, is partly due to the completeness and easy accessibility of published data that give us a detailed picture of events; in this respect the war between the States has the advantage over wars of earlier date. But not least is it due to the fact that this was the last great war fought before the common use Df the typewriter, when men still took time, from necessity as well as custom, to write in long hand precisely their matured thoughts.

In order to bring out this fragrance of the spirit of the time, the writer has let the actors in the drama speak for themselves wherever possible--not, indeed, from memoirs giving the dimmed and distorted, often quite false, impressions of later years, but from contemporaneously written messages and other papers.

When Fort Sumter fell, a man named Ulysses S. Grant was an obscure citizen of Galena, Illinois, without influential friends and lacking the reputation of success. Yet within three years this man rose to command the Union armies, and in four years had gained victory and dictated peace.

How can it be explained? What were the characteristics of such a man? By what method did he acquire his knowledge? Were his honors really earned or were they owed to chance?

In the hope of aiding those who, pondering the phenomenon of the man Grant, seek the answer to such questions, this book has been written.

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