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This is U.S. Grant’s bicentennial year, so you’ll keep hearing about the great general from me. Here’s what I said earlier:
April 27th marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of our greatest general since Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, the man who saved the Union in the daring Vicksburg Campaign, & who eventually commanded the Union armies to victory all the way to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, vindicating the principles of the Declaration of Independence as ratified in the Constitution. He is the great American who enacted Lincoln’s policy even after his martyr-like assassination on April 15, 1865. At the end of that eventful month, Grant turned 43, and he was the greatest man alive.
Today is the anniversary of his death—July 23, 1885, not long after his 63rd birthday, so I post it again: Here’s my essay for L&L on Grant’s thinking on the political aspect of the Civil War.
Later in the year, I have a much larger essay coming out, on his wonderful Memoirs, in Modern Age. Read the Memoirs—wonderful summer reading!Published in