Lincoln and Grant: The Westerners Who Won the Civil War

Lincoln and Grant: The Westerners Who Won the Civil War

Language: English

Pages: 450

ISBN: 1621572854

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Lincoln and Grant is an intimate dual-portrait of President Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant: their ordinary "Western" backgrounds, their early struggles to succeed, and their history-making relationship during the Civil War. Though generally remembered by history as two very different personalities, the soft-spoken Lincoln and often-crude Grant in fact shared a similar drive and determination, as this in-depth character study illustrates.

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(New York: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1995) [hereafter Groom, Shrouds of Glory], 89. During this undertaking, Grant asked Chaplain Eaton to check on the welfare of the black workers, whom Eaton found were “well supplied with food and blankets.” Eaton, Grant, Lincoln, 44. 39.    Bearss, Vicksburg, I, 467–78; Grant, Memoirs, 298–99. 40.    Bearss, Vicksburg, I, 479–548; Grant, Memoirs, 299–301. 41.    Bearss, Vicksburg, I, 549–95; Grant, Memoirs, 301–2; Groom, Shrouds of Glory, 89–90.

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willing to pay that political price. Following up on his Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln wrote to Grant and others in October urging them to cooperate with certain persons in Louisiana and Tennessee in seeking the return of those states to the Union under the “old” Constitution of the United States. In hopes that the threat of emancipation would stimulate their return to the Union, the president encouraged congressional elections in those states.14 By mid-November, the president

in them—if the army had any legs, they could move thirty thousand men down to Lynchburg and catch Longstreet. Can anybody doubt if Grant were here in command that he would catch him.” However, Lincoln did acknowledge that Grant’s successes might have been aided by the lack of administration meddling with his activities.1 Lincoln realized that he and other Washingtonians had been very deeply involved in Eastern, but not Western, military decisions and operations. The president nominated Commander

general I’ve had that didn’t.9 GRANT TAKES THE REINS On March 10, the day after receiving his three-star commission, Grant visited Meade at the Army of the Potomac’s headquarters in Brandy Station, Virginia. Meade graciously offered to step aside as army commander so that Grant could name someone of his own choosing. Meade’s gracious gesture so surprised Grant that if he had any plans of making such a change of command (he may at one time have planned to appoint William “Baldy” Smith),10

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