Personal Memoirs, Vol. 2

After three deadly years of fighting, President Abraham Lincoln had seen a little progress in the West against the Confederacy, but in the main theater of operations, Virginia, the lines were almost exactly where they had been when the American Civil War started The war was at a stalemate with northern public support rapidly fading Then, Lincoln summoned General UlyssesAfter three deadly years of fighting, President Abraham Lincoln had seen a little progress in the West against the Confederacy, but in the main theater of operations, Virginia, the lines were almost exactly where they had been when the American Civil War started The war was at a stalemate with northern public support rapidly fading Then, Lincoln summoned General Ulysses S Grant, victor of the Vicksburg campaign, to come East In little over a year, America s most catastrophic armed conflict ended, the Union was preserved, and slavery was abolished This book details how these triumphs were achieved and in the telling earned international acclaim as a superb example of an English language personal chronicle About the AuthorUlysses S Grant remains one of the giants in American history, revered and respected by his contemporaries, but viewed ever after as one of the country s most controversial figures He graduated from West Point in 1843 and went on to have a successful military career before becoming the 18th President of the United States for two terms These grand accomplishments stand in stark contrast with his failures He became an alcoholic, a failed businessman, and the administration during his presidency is regarded as one of the most corrupt in U.S history While other prominent Americans look to publishing their recollections as a crowning event undertaken in the leisure of retirement, Grant had to write his 1885 memoir as a means to pay his debts and support his family.
Personal Memoirs Vol After three deadly years of fighting President Abraham Lincoln had seen a little progress in the West against the Confederacy but in the main theater of operations Virginia the lines were almost e

  • Title: Personal Memoirs, Vol. 2
  • Author: Ulysses S. Grant
  • ISBN: 9781598188981
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Personal Memoirs, Vol. 2”

    1. This book was daunting. I will read it again someday, maybe this summer, but I will have to allow much time to be able to concentrate and absorb all the details. Next time, I will have the maps in front of me so I can follow the battles as he is describing them. I have much more respect for U.S. Grant than I ever had before. His telling is honest, tactful and fair.

    2. I really enjoyed this book, 1) it's really fantastic memoir, from someone from a pretty unique position in history 2) written under highly tragic circumstances 3) who was also a clear influence on a whole lot of subsequent writers (looking at you Hemingway). Some of the things I highlighted from here and volume 1.In the case of the war between the States it would have been the exact truth if the South had said,—"We do not want to live with you Northern people any longer; we know our institutio [...]

    3. The story of how General Grant changed the Union strategy of the Civil War. General Grant took command of the Union Armies and immediately concluded the only way to end the Civil War required that he completely reduce the rebellion with overwhelming force. He had to take the war to Lee. Grant knew of Lee and served with him in a junior capacity. Unlike many other Union officers, Grant respected Lee, but did not fear him. Grant not only felt the passion of his cause, he also calculated coldly Lee [...]

    4. ExcellentAny citizen interested in our nations future should read of her trials of her past. This is a voice of wisdom relevant for today as we too face trials and important decisions.

    5. Ulysses S. Grant had his memoirs published on 1885 entitled Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant (vols. I & II). Except for the first few chapters of volume I, before he graduated from West Point and a couple more when he resigned his commission and took up employment in private life, the book serves more as a tactical description of his part in either the War with Mexico or the Civil War. It does afford the reader a clear and comprehensive view of many lesser known battles and skirmishes of these [...]

    6. I read Volumes I and II mostly from the "Project Gutenberg" Kindle version with images. The images provided a map of the key battles that Grant participated in or commanded; however, the images using Kindle could not be enlarged. I also bought an original 1865 edition of Grant's memoirs which contains the same maps but "life size" facsimiles of hand written terms of surrender for Fort Donaldson and later the surrender of Robert E. Lee. Volume 1 covers Grant years leading up to West Point and ser [...]

    7. The descriptions of the campaigns are as detailed as one might expect. As such, the book provides unique perspective of the movements of troops, coordination of effort, and military strategy. Grant expresses frustrations as well as praises for his colleagues. He is also unqualified in his respect for the opponent; well, not quite unqualified. Throughout both volumes comes Grant's political and even moral philosophy that is in harmony with the Declaration of Independence and the principles of the [...]

    8. An important read for anyone interested in the Civil War. Grant played a significant role in setting the tone for the re-United States in that he rejected the desires of many Northern politicians for war crimes trials and firing squads. He seemed to understand what was necessary to bring the Union back together. Grant's Memoirs, both volumes, emphasize his coolness under stress and his understanding that to win the war the North's armies needed to keep pressing their many advantages often result [...]

    9. I was led to believe that this was an unusually frank and forthcoming biography by an American president. Which is true, if you are interested in the military arts of leading men into battle. I was most interested in Grant's take on the Civil War, but Grant spends almost all the time relating details of battles than the politics behind the war (for that please read James McPherson's superb Battle Cry of Freedom which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986. It is interesting to note, in light of efforts [...]

    10. Grant's memoirs are truly a clear and concise way of learning a great deal about the Civil War. He explains the thought process behind decisions, and gives credit where credit is due. He is a bit hard on George Thomas, but other than that, he is very gracious to all, but will give faint praise to those whom he believes did not perform well. The fact that he did this all while dying of throat cancer make it all the more impressive. If you want to learn more about how the Civil War was fought by o [...]

    11. Finished my gym book on the walk today.Grant's memoirs get a 2 because his focus on numbers isn't terribly exciting to me. When he isn't listing numbers, he gives an intriguing first hand account (though from the perspective of remembering it 20 years later) of the decisions he made in the later half of the Civil War.This volume focuses on the decisions at the Battles of Chattanooga and then his time as the commander of armies during the Civil War, against the Army of Northern Virginia: Wilderne [...]

    12. Grant wrote well, but I got lost in microgeography of Civil War Virginia. To Grant, every creek, wood, and junction was important, and he catalogued all of them as his armies crossed them.Grant was quick to judge his subordinates. Sometimes too quick. He was on his way to fire George Thomas when Thomas destroyed the army of John Hood at the Battle of Nashville. Grant admitted he was wrong in his assessment of Thomas but never advanced Thomas's career. If you read Grant's memoirs, be sure to read [...]

    13. Great information if not tedious.Incredible amount of information about the deployment of troops throughout the entire theatre of operations. Although I am retired army with much interest in the battles of our armed forces I was overwhelmed by the end of volume 2. I would not recommend this book to the casual reader. Having said that, it is a rarity to read the innermost thoughts of a commanding general in what in my opinion is the most important war fought by the United States.

    14. An interesting and informative book. The writing is sometimes too flowery but that was the style of the times of the late 1800's. It gave a unique peek into Grant's life and thoughts. He never wanted to be a soldier. He knew John Brown when Brown was a youth. He never believed in turning around but always believed in going forward toward his destination. He excelled in math but not in war tactics at West Point. This writing shows him to be a man of humor who is willing to admit his mistakes. A r [...]

    15. Just saw a great piece on Sunday morning about President U.S. Grant and his autobiography is one of my favs. Lincoln said, "Grants my man." I grew up near the cabin he hand built in Afton, MO, a suburb of St. Louis, and Jefferson Barracks where he was stationed as a young Lieutenant. Once, he was courting his fiance, Julia Bent, in St. Louis and barely made it back over Gravois Greek to the BarracksI and even my sons played in Gravois Creek, which flows through Afton and fished for crawdads when [...]

    16. It is well written and quite comprehensive, took quite a while to read. However, I am disappointed that he did not write about anything about his life after the war though it is understandable considering some of his misfortunes. However, I believe it would have been a worthwhile read in understanding his political and economic decisions and also possibly exonerating against charges of corruption against him when he was President.

    17. Always nice to have look at history through an eyewitness. I actually read the first part - couldn't find it here - and though Grant is an uneventful and somewhat boring voice, his meticulous description of places and customs in Mexico and the United States in his time, give an interesting glimpse into this age.

    18. I heard a recent review of his autobiography saying that is was very well written in a straight forward writing style. So, I downloaded it on my Kindle for next to nothing. I have to agree with the reviewer. Several years ago I read a novelization of Grant called -- Grant Speaks.

    19. Gives a quick overview of the closing year of the Civil War with good insights into the generals -- especially on the Union side. Not as well crafted as Volume 1. (Apparently, Grant encountered some health problems when writing this volume.)

    20. Grant is a very consice and clear writer, the subjects are very inetersting but this book (I'm actually on volume one) is kind of slow going. This is the bok I read when I don't have a book to read. I have some good ideas now.

    21. Also very good! Although it would be helpful if it had maps. Volume 2 goes until the end of the Civil War; I think there are more volumes, but since the war is my main interest I will probably stop with this one.

    22. The memoirs of Uyless S. Grant, both as general and as president. He rushed to finish these before his death in order to provide financial support for his family. Interesting.

    23. This is for military history buffs. It takes the reader through absolutely every one of his battles and presidency. interesting but would suggest reading in small chunks.

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