Grant: Savior of the Union a Review

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When Ulysses S. Grant accepted the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865, he became the Savior of the Union. But he was more than just a general during the most controversial and costly time in American history.

One hundred and fifty years since the Civil War commenced, Ulysses S. Grant is still considered one of the greatest officers to wear the uniform of the United States Army. But he began his military career reluctantly.

After his father submitted an application to West Point for his son, Grant reluctantly attended. A few years after graduation he served in the Mexican War and distinguished himself in combat, but while he enjoyed the excitement of war, shortly after he married he became despondent at the amount of time his army life kept him away from his family and resigned. But when the country split apart in 1861 and war between the northern and southern states erupted, Grant was eager to wear a uniform again and serve his country.

Joining the Union Army meant more to Grant than becoming a soldier again. He fought because he believed it was his duty to do so. He firmly believed the war was fought over the issue of slavery, and so even after he was unable to secure a commission with the regular army he signed up with the Illinois volunteer army. Grant was a natural leader and rose quickly to Commander of the Union Army. He was a soldier’s soldier and the men who served under him respected his abilities to lead them in battle.

After the war, Grant went on to become the eighteenth president of the United States, serving two terms and presiding over the second half of Reconstruction, fighting for African American and Native American civil rights, and signing bills promoting black voting rights and Klan prosecution.

After years of resisting offers to write about his Civil War experience he suddenly found himself rushed to complete his memoirs when he was diagnosed with throat cancer. His two-volume memoirs were completed days before he died and were published posthumously in 1885. They are considered to be the greatest work of the genre and through them his military contributions remain with us always.

I would like to say, "I loved this book",  but I can't. I love American history and the Civil War is just one of my favorite parts of history I love to read about.  When I first started off reading this book, I was thrilled. Once I hit the battle front, I became lost. The writing began to wear me down. I was hoping for some excitement through those pages but I never really found any. If you're looking for a good reference biography book, you have a keeper. If you're looking for more excitement, this is not your book.
This book is excellent to have on hand as a resource for any history class. I'll definitely be keeping the book for future reference with my son.
~I was sent this book for free from BookSneeze for my honest opinion.~

1 comment

  1. That's good to know! I have a few students who LOVE history, but it is helpful to know of long spots that may cause them to lose interest and put it down. You always need reference books as a a teacher, particularly for history. The Civil War is somewhat complicated for me to teach- not the people and facts, but the battle movements and such. I have been to Gettysburg many times, but still. I think I would lose interest very quickly during the war part. I wonder if my husband would like it? He loves the Civil War. I like that time period and the colonial times. I love the book 1776 by David McCullough. He has a lot of info, but there is an ease and flow to his writing that makes it a good read!

    Blessings to you, dear! Thank you so much for the book review! You know I am a teacher, so these things are helpful!



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