Academic journal article Military Review

GRANT UNDER FIRE: An Exposé of Generalship & Character in the American Civil War

Academic journal article Military Review

GRANT UNDER FIRE: An Exposé of Generalship & Character in the American Civil War

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GRANT UNDER FIRE An Exposé of Generalship & Character in the American Civil War Joseph A. Rose, Alderhanna Publishing, New York, 2015, 816 pages

Grant Under Fire is a stinging critique of Lt. Gen. Ulysses Grant's character and the historical records that have shaped his popular reputation. The book covers Grant's life prior to and following the Civil War but focuses primarily on his generalship during the war. The author uses a myriad of sources from over a decade of research to highlight the historical distortions of Grant's record. One of the primary targets of the author's research is Grant's own Personal Memoirs. Grant Under Fire highlights the many false records and outright lies written in Grant's memoirs and later by a host of modern historians that have used his record without questioning its accuracy. The author also outlines Grant's political connections that paved the way for his promotions, and a cabal of journalists that distorted the record by spinning Grant's image in Northern newspapers. Grant's closest colleague, Gen. William T. Sherman, is also exposed by the author as incompetent, morally questionable, and having only been promoted due to the influence of his prominent friend and political allies. This and much more are highlighted in Grant Under Fire, including Grant's incompetence, cronyism, alcoholism, and hostility to those he disliked even at the expense of lives and the Union war effort.

Grant Under Fire is not written to attack or impugn Grant's character but to simply set the record straight: a record that was clearly written to place Grant among history's greatest military leaders, a record subsequently honored by the institution of the U. …

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