In 1861, when the Civil War began, Ulysses S. Grant was an ill-paid, somewhat-drunken, 38-year-old clerk in the township of Galena, Illinois. Four years later, when he received the surrender of the Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee at the historic courthouse of Appomattox, Grant had established himself as one of the great military commanders of all time. How such a trIn 1861, when the Civil War began, Ulysses S. Grant was an ill-paid, somewhat-drunken, 38-year-old clerk in the township of Galena, Illinois. Four years later, when he received the surrender of the Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee at the historic courthouse of Appomattox, Grant had established himself as one of the great military commanders of all time. How such a transformation, as extraordinary as any in the annals of generalship, came about is made clear in this masterly book.A West Point training and active service in the Mexican War meant that less than a year after joining the Union Army, Grant was already in command of the invasion of Tennessee. Thereafter, the milestones in his achievement are marked by some of the most memorable names in the war: Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and Petersburg.General Sir James Marshall-Cornwall's approach is illuminating from several points of view. As a student of the Napoleonic campaigns and as the author of military biographies of Massena and of Napoleon himself, Sir James is able to appraise Grant's achievement not merely in he context of the Civil War, but by comparison with the acknowledged masters of strategy and tactics. As a geographer, Sir James is constantly aware of the terrain over which Grant fought and so of the physical considerations by which he was bound. As a serving officer, Sir James shows and awareness - not always shared by armchair strategists - of what the command of troops and the presence of a resourceful enemy actually entail.Ulysses S. Grant, Sir James Marshall-Cornwall believes, was one of he great military commanders of history. This book persuasively sets out the grounds upon which this conviction is based....
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Grant as Military Commander Reviews
Good basic overview of Grant's Civil War career. It's not too bad, but I did notice some inconsistencies and contradictions scattered through the book. For example, the author stated that the Atlanta Campaign might have finished sooner "under Grant's continuous direction", while Grant had "too little confidence in Mead" and Grant's "tight control of Meade's army . . . [was] justified by Meade's limitations as an independent commander". The author doesn't explain which theater Grant should have been in personal command of.As a minor complaint, I don't thing having five chapters explaining the background of the Civil War was very helpful in understanding Grant's generalship; the appendix covering the flags of both sides was also extraneous. There were one or two minor mistakes; for example, the author had the Army of the Potomac's cavalry corps organized for the first time by Grant in the spring of 1864, while this actually happened a year earlier.
Lots of detail but worth the effortfor readers who like military history