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Lee and Grant : a dual biography

Author: Gene Smith
Publisher: New York : Open Road Integrated Media, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A biography of the two gifted Civil War commanders from a New York Times-bestselling author: "A great story ... 'istory at its best" (Publishers Weekly). Their names are forever linked in the history of the Civil War, but Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant could not have been more dissimilar. Lee came from a world of Southern gentility and aristocratic privilege while Grant had coarser, more common roots in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
History
Named Person: Robert E Lee; Ulysses S Grant; Ulysses S Grant; Robert E Lee
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gene Smith
ISBN: 9781504039758 1504039750
OCLC Number: 954215540
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: Gene Smith.

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A biography of the two gifted Civil War commanders from a New York Times-bestselling author: "A great story ... 'istory at its best" (Publishers Weekly). Their names are forever linked in the history of the Civil War, but Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant could not have been more dissimilar. Lee came from a world of Southern gentility and aristocratic privilege while Grant had coarser, more common roots in the Midwest. As a young officer trained in the classic mold, Lee graduated from West Point at the top of his class and served with distinction in the Mexican-American War. Grant's early military career was undistinguished and marred by rumors of drunkenness. As commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, Lee's early victories demoralized the Union Army and cemented his reputation as a brilliant tactician. Meanwhile, Grant struggled mightily to reach the top of the Union command chain. His iron will eventually helped turn the tide of the war, however, and in April 1864, President Abraham Lincoln gave Grant command of all Union forces. A year later, he accepted Lee's surrender at the Appomattox Court House. With brilliance and deep feeling, New York Times-bestselling author Gene Smith brings the Civil War era to vivid life and tells the dramatic story of two remarkable men as they rise to glory and reckon with the bitter aftermath of the bloodiest conflict in American history. Never before have students of American history been treated to a more personal, comprehensive, and achingly human portrait of Lee and Grant.

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