Book Review: The Memoirs of US Grant

I’d been meaning to read Ulysses Grant’s memoirs for quite some time. After reading two large biographies and a few analyses of his generalship in the Civil War, I had a pretty good portrait of Grant painted for me. However, I wanted to get inside the mind of the man himself. I wanted to see …

Book Review: “Attack and Die” by Dr. Grady McWhiney

This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while. Written 40 years ago by a man considered to be the leading authority of the history of Antebellum South and the Civil War, Attack and Die gives an in-depth look at what made America’s war against itself so particularly brutal. (Also one of …

Book Review: “True Crime in the Civil War” by Tobin T. Buhk

Every now and then a little book faire thing shows up at work. There’s a guy with a table and a few movable shelves full of books. I usually don’t buy anything because they’re fairly pricey, but this one was only $15 (and I’d seen it a few times before). I’m something of a Civil …

Lee vs Grant: Tactician vs Strategist

I’m not sure what exactly inspired this post for today, but I felt like doing it. If you’ve been around long enough, you’ll know I’m a bit of a US Civil War buff, and that I’m particularly passionate in defending Ulysses S. Grant against the endless slander and libel that has been thrown at him …

Robert E. Lee – More Myth Than Man

I learned just now that today is the birthday of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. I suppose I knew that from all the Civil War books I’ve read, but as he’s not exactly a favorite historical figure of mine, I’d forgotten. Anyway, given that he and the time in which he forged his reputation are …

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