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Grant Moves South, 1861-1863 By Bruce Catton Lloyd Lewis,

  • Title: Grant Moves South, 1861-1863
  • Author: Bruce Catton Lloyd Lewis
  • ISBN: 9780316132442
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • Part one of the classic Civil War study of General Ulysses S Grant, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Catton, introduces General Grant as he undertakes his first Civil War command, and follows him as he leads his troops through a series of battles, including Belmont, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Chickasaw Bayou, Edwards Station, and Vicksburg.
    Grant Moves South Part one of the classic Civil War study of General Ulysses S Grant written by Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Catton introduces General Grant as he undertakes his first Civil War command and follows hi

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    1. Pure gold Of Catton s books, I would consider only A Stillness at Appomattox to be slightly better Catton is my favorite historian along with Robert Caro They both write with a modest and poetic tone with a fundamentally deep understanding of their subject matter based on years of research If you want to write a great non fiction paragraph then Grant Moves South is an excellent writing resource I have read a great deal on Civil War history including Shelby Foote s series and visited many Civil W [...]

    2. Very readable, Mr Catton brings Grant to life What I especially like about this book is that the author shows how Grant evolved into a great commander Yes, he made mistakes Yes, he sometimes got lucky, but at his core Grant was a humble man of great courage and resolve, who was able to see the road to victory while others, too afraid to fail, could not.

    3. I think I have run out of new ways to express my deep appreciation for Bruce Catton s work, but I ll give it a try Many readers believe that Grant Moves South is the first of a two part series by Bruce Catton when, in fact, it is actually the second of a three part trilogy started by Lloyd Lewis the first being Captain Sam Grant Mr Lewis died and the trilogy was picked up here by Mr Catton I ve heard it said that Mr Lewis work was far superior to Mr Catton s I find that hard to imagine, given my [...]

    4. Grant Moves South is the second of a trilogy, starting with Lloyd Lewis Captain Sam Grant, covering the life of U.S Grant through the Civil War This volume picks up on him in June 1861 as a colonel and commander of the 21st Illinois, and covers his career through the fall of Vicksburg in 1863 The author is giving us a relatively plain, straightforward type of guy, who saw, as did few of his contemporaries, the way to victory was through the total destruction of the enemy s armies which he accomp [...]

    5. Ulysses S Grant is one of the most mis understood men in American history Bruce Catton gives us a balanced and thorough picture of the man, his methods, and his character In this book, the first of a two part series, Catton gives an in depth look at Grant from 1861 when he first enlisted to 1863 and the fall of Vicksburg I ve read bits and pieces of the campaign in the West as the war in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansas was called, but this is the first time that I have th [...]

    6. Good historical writing I ve read Grant s autobiographical Personal Memoirs, and, though it had many good parts in his own words like why Texas joining the secession was so wrong , Grant is too humble to talk about what made him such a great man Some interesting history I had never heard of before, such as Grant s policies to help liberated slaves Always underestimated and understated, frequently wronged by his superiors and critics, his patience and forbearance are well depicted in this book To [...]

    7. top notch writing the trouble with Civil War history is that there exists authors who write in order to refight the war Southern Sympathizers lurk as in Hollywood, under your bed, etc the victor moves on the loser maintains a grudge and scrawls on the s.h walls I ve read Grant s memoirs but Catton s book makes the events so much clearer perhaps it s the repetition love a book that pulls the reader along little effort required unless it is to put the book down.

    8. Fascinating look at the rise of U.S Grant from a nobody to commander of western theater during the Civil War through the siege at Vicksburg and the battle at Chatanooga.Grant was this quiet unimpressive fellow, but his coolness under pressure Ol Ulyss don t scare worth a damn one soldier is reputed to have declared had this stablizing influence on those around him, most especially the high strung W.T Sherman.Lincoln was his biggest defender, and when critics wanted Grant replaced after the ultra [...]

    9. An excellent, detailed assessment of Grant s Civil War career, from his appointment as Colonel of the 21st Illinois in 1861 to the end of the Vicksburg campaign in July 1863 I m somewhat surprised by the people who lump Catton in with Shelby Foote as part of the non scholarly, purely narrative Civil War history camp This is my first Catton book, but the footnotes and scholarship here aren t terrible at all, though perhaps not prodigious by today s standards, and Catton hardly purely lifts from G [...]

    10. One Inconvenient QuibbleI suspect this may apply only to the Kindle ebook version but the internal links to the maps, nice to refer to as the armies took position, we re mixed up The link to the map of Shiloh was not of Shiloh but of the Vicksburg The link for Vicksburg went to western Tennessee and so forth.

    11. An excellent study of a critical campaign which restored the Mississippi River to the Union and revealed the greatness of General Grant Well worth reading.

    12. GrantI have read three other books by Catton and thoroughly enjoyed them This book was no exception Very informative and easily read.

    13. Grant Moves South, though written 56 years ago still reads as if it s refreshingly new It traces the development and personal growth of a man that became one of America s most outstanding military leaders Though often vilified as being coarse and a drunkard, Catton presents a strong case that he was anything but He did have some detractors, but for the most part they were other officers that were rivals of Grants, and they were often subordinates that he may have had to discipline Catton portray [...]

    14. Catton is always a good read for Civil War history Much detail, may be tedious if one has less than a voracious appetite for the nitty gritty.

    15. This is not my first rodeo with Grant I have followed him by reading Shelby Foote s three volume narrative of the Civil War, and with several books by Jeff Shaara There is no denying Bruce Catton s preeminence as a Civil War historian, even though reading him now did not add significantly to my overall understanding of Grant s campaign from Fort Donelson through Shiloh and Vicksburg The occasional anecdotes are different, but the story is no surprise much the same Catton, though, focuses here on [...]

    16. Catton is one of my favorite Civil war authors This book deals with the beginning of Grant s campaign as he moves south through the Mississippi Valley.

    17. A very interesting book on Grant s Civil War career that covers his career from the start of the war in 1861 to the fall of Vicksburg in July 1863 The book covers a lot of ground as the reader follows Grant from being Colonel of an uppity Illinois regiment to being the hero of the Union known as Unconditional Surrender Grant Catton, as always, is an excellent writer who makes history come to life in his writing The use of primary sources is for me the books greatest strength but also sometimes a [...]

    18. A tad tedious just to chronicle the movement of Grant from St Louis to Vicksburg The author provides a depth of detail that would be missing in other Civil War descriptions or biographies that tend to gloss over the details in deference to length and time As with most Civil War era books it s fascinating to learn about the attitude to blacks At the time, no one used the term blacks They were Negro s, slaves, mulattos, darkies and niggers

    19. I enjoyed this book very much It s the 2nd volume of a 3 part set on U.S Grant and the first one taken over by Bruce Catton, and it has Catton s stamp of readability and a story like quality I found myself rooting for Grant as I would a fictional hero, even though I knew Grant would succeed I usually find descriptions of battles to be boring, but Catton makes them exciting Highly recommended

    20. Any book by Catton is worth reading and this was a fascinating look at the rise to prominance of U.S Grant This was a pleasure to read because of the style as well as the content Catton describes the major actions which caused people to initially notice Grant Not a hagiography, Catton explores Grant s weaknesses, as well.

    21. Bruce Canton, the author of Grant Moves South, is a noted civil war historian His writing style gives history life Although I have read many biographies of Grant, Canton added much to my understanding and appreciation of the General Reading Canton is pure pleasure.

    22. This is a very interesting book The author writes in an engaging style that s pleasant to read yet gives details There are several detailed maps which allows the reader to follow what is going on.

    23. One of the best books I have read in a long time, both on the Civil War as well as leadership Diving right into Grant Takes Command the sequel

    24. If you want to see how U.S Grant advanced from a minor role in Missouri to one of the great generals of the Union, start right here As with every other Catton book the reader is never let down.

    25. Part of Catton s epic story of the American Civil War During the first half of the war, U.S Grant served in the West in the Ohio and Mississippi valleys.

    26. I loved this book learned so much about the civil war and also about Grant I just purchased the first and third books in this series

    27. I thoroughly enjoyed this book I have already jumped into the final book in the series of three Grant Takes Command.

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