Virtual: The Greatness of General Ulysses S. Grant

Event Type: Adults
Date: 9/10/2020
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
 Historian Roger Arthur returns to discuss General Ulysses S. Grant, the greatest commanding general in America’s great list of commanding Generals. Why, then, has this outstanding officer received such little acclaim among historians? As one historian observed, he did not have as good writers praising him as did others. Another reason is that when his successes were being reviewed there was afoot in the historiography an attempt to sell the “Lost Cause” mythology and promote courtliness, good manners, expert strategy and glory of the South’s best officer - R. E. Lee. Finally, Grant did not look like our beau ideal of how a hero should look. He was only five foot seven inches tall and weighed one hundred thirty-eight pounds. He slouched and constantly chewed cigars. He looked “scruffy."

During his active service in America’s Civil War Grant was the only general to take the surrender of three different Rebel armies. He became an expert strategist, solving the problem of how to defeat the Confederates including their Army of Northern Virginia - not just in battle but in the war itself. He had a bulldog's tenacity. He took Forts Henry and Donelson before other United States Armies had any victories at all. He drove the Rebels out of Kentucky and forced them into Mississippi. He freed the Mississippi River from Rebel control and opened to world trade again. He defeated the Rebels in Chattanooga and ran them out of Tennessee. As the Commanding General of the United States Army he coordinated their efforts to finally defeat the Rebels and "run them to ground.” He was the first General to be promoted to General of the Armies (four stars).
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Library: Chester County Library
Contact: Pam Marquette
Contact Number: 610.344.5131
Presenter: Roger Arthur
Status: Closed

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