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  • 09/2015
  • 9781943177004
  • 816 pages
  • $42.50
Joseph Rose
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Grant Under Fire: An Exposé of Generalship & Character in the American Civil War

Adult; History & Military; (Publish)

General Ulysses S. Grant has a sterling reputation as an officer and a gentleman, despite his suffering the biggest surprise of the Civil War, committing the worst official act of anti-Semitism on United States soil, and coming closest of all U.S. commanders to losing Washington. Defenders even rank his generalship above Robert E. Lee’s, but to do so, they must ignore his simplistic, pugnacious strategies that led to a war of attrition, as well as his amateurish tactics of impetuous frontal assaults, all along the line against fortified positions. Grant Under Fire, rigorously based on primary sources, comprehensively demolishes the General's reputation as a military genius and as a reliable chronicler of the war.
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Grant Under Fire is a thought-provoking study of the generalship and strategy of U.S. Grant during the Civil War. Joseph A. Rose convincingly argues that a close study of the historical record refutes Grant’s reputation as a military genius and common sense strategist. Rose writes with a vigorous style, and supports his thesis with impressive research and incisive analysis.—Robert I. Girardi, author of The Soldiers’ General: Major General Gouverneur K. Warren and the Civil War

Joseph Rose’s provocative account of U.S. Grant’s military career offers a valuable and much needed corrective to the currently prevailing view of Grant’s actions and accomplishments. Rose’s prodigious and impeccable scholarship greatly strengthens his penetrating analysis of both Grant the man and Grant the commander. Future writers on Grant would do well to take Rose’s work into account.—William Glenn Robertson, author of Back Door to Richmond: The Bermuda Hundred Campaign, April–June 1864 and The Petersburg Campaign: The Battle of Old Men and Young Boys, June 9, 1864

Popular history is notable for many inaccuracies and distortions by prominent figures who had an agenda to promote. U. S. Grant was no exception. As Joseph Rose portrays herein, the many controversies involving Grant’s military failures and mistakes are worthy of re-examination. Just to set the record straight, there should be more future insightful research and commentary, as you will find here.—Wiley Sword, author of Shiloh: Bloody April and Embrace an Angry Wind: The Confederacy’s Last Hurrah: Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville and Sharpshooter: Hiram Berdan, His Famous Sharpshooters and their Sharps Rifles and Firepower from Abroad; The Confederate Enfield and the Lemat Revolver and Mountains Touched with Fire: Chattanooga Besieged, 1863

A well-written, exhaustively researched essay on how many errors and sins a commander can commit and still stand among the Great Captains of history.—John Horn, author of The Siege of Petersburg: The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864

The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, though hailed as one of the greatest military memoirs ever written and generally accepted by professional historians as a fundamental primary source on America’s Civil War, is now being challenged. … Rose examines the truthfulness of Grant’s account for the entire conflict. Grant Under Fire reveals a general with a dramatically different character than the one he portrayed for himself.—Lawrence Lee Hewitt, author of Port Hudson, Confederate Bastion on the Mississippi and co-editor of the three-volume Confederate Generals in the Western Theater

Bound to create animated discussion among avid Civil War buffs, Grant Under Fire is an insightful alternative view of Grant’s leadership, based on author Joseph Rose’s extensive research.—David Cleutz, author of Fields of Fame and Glory: Col. David Ireland & 137th New York Volunteers and Rebels in the Front Yard: Liberty at Gettysburg

Recent scholarship has indicated that much of what we thought we knew about the Civil War is not, in fact, the truth. This carefully-researched and engagingly-written book contributes a great deal to our knowledge of what really happened on some of the most famous battlefields of that conflict. It is a must for any serious student of the Civil War.—Frank Varney, author of General Grant and the Rewriting of History: How the Destruction of General William S. Rosecrans Influenced Our Understanding of the Civil War

Joseph Rose presents an engaging critical assessment of Grant’s generalship that is destined to provoke lively debate among students of America’s bloodiest conflict. One might disagree with Rose’s conclusions, but his careful scholarship demands that they receive serious consideration.—Gordon Rhea, author of The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5–6, 1864 and The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern, May 7–12, 1864 and To the North Anna River: Grant And Lee, May 13-25, 1864 and Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26–June 3, 1864

Formats
Hardcover Details
  • 09/2015
  • 9781943177004
  • 816 pages
  • $42.50

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