Tag Archives: Civil War history

Johnson, Grant and the Big Parade

Mid-March through Mid-May, 1865 were fraught with events March 1865 With General Ulysses Grant squeezing the Rebel Army even tighter in Petersburg, VA, and General William Sherman marching his vast army up the eastern coast, everyone knew that the end … Continue reading

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General Grant’s Greatest Lesson

Fear is a natural reaction in the face of danger, or stress or the unknown. Or all of it. USG: Reinstatement The surrender of Fort Sumter in April 1861 changed everything for West Point trained Ulysses S. Grant. President Lincoln … Continue reading

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George Washington Custis: Man in the Middle

George Washington Parke Custis was remarkable only in relationship to two giants, neither of whom he was actually related to. GW Custis: Fatherless Baby Only weeks after the fourth child and only son of John Parke Custis (1781-1857) was born, … Continue reading

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Grant and Buckner: Three Conversations

U.S. Grant and S.B. Buckner were cadets at West Point. Cadets Grant and Buckner Ulysses S. Grant, class of 1843, and Simon Bolivar Buckner, class of 1844, were both midwesterners of middle-class standing both financially and academically. West Point classes … Continue reading

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Lincoln and Sherman: Plugging the Hole

When Abraham Lincoln became President, he knew very little about the military. He learned quickly. The Bull Run Debacle The Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, was an eye-opener on many levels. The Union forces, mostly short term … Continue reading

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Ulysses S. Grant: The Appomattox Parole Perks

April 9, 1865 was arguably among the most important days in U.S. history. U.S. Grant: The Surrender The Civil War had dragged on for four long years, and the casualty count was in the hundreds of thousands and would go … Continue reading

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U.S.Grant and the U.S. Mail

Mail call has always been one of the key ingredients of soldier morale and  frequently the high point of his day. A Literate War The Civil War is considered by most historians as the “first modern war” for a variety … Continue reading

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