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Grant's secret service : the intelligence war from Belmont to Appomattox

Author: William B Feis
Publisher: Lincoln, Neb. : University of Nebraska Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""The art of war is simple enough," said Ulysses S. Grant. "Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can and as often as you can and keep moving on." Much has been written on Grant and his pursuit of the latter two prescriptions; William B. Feis offers us the first scholarly examination of Grant's first principle, the often vexing question of just where his enemy was and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Feis, William B., 1963-
Grant's secret service.
Lincoln, Neb. : University of Nebraska Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)606679913
Named Person: Ulysses S Grant; Ulysses S Grant; Ulysses S Grant; Ulysses S Grant
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William B Feis
ISBN: 0803220057 9780803220058
OCLC Number: 47243858
Description: xii, 330 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: "He don't care a damn for what the enemy does out of his sight" --
"My means of information are certainly better than ... most" --
"I always try to keep myself posted" --
"You will soon hear if my presentiment is realized" --
"There will be no fight at Pittsburg Landing" --
"With all the vigilance I can bring to bear I cannot determine the objects of the enemy" --
"I have reliable information from the entire interior of the South" --
"What force the enemy have ... I have no means of judging accurately" --
"That gives just the information I wanted" --
"Is it not certain that early has returned?" --
"He could not send off any large body without my knowing it" --
"The difference in war is full twenty five per cent."
Responsibility: William B. Feis.
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Offers an examination of Ulysses S Grant's first principle, the often vexing question of just where his enemy was and what he was doing. This work argues that Grant's use of the Army of the Potomac's  Read more...

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