US Grant: A Misunderstood Leader

Thomas' Legion
American Civil War HOMEPAGE
American Civil War
Causes of the Civil War : What Caused the Civil War
Organization of Union and Confederate Armies: Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery
Civil War Navy: Union Navy and Confederate Navy
American Civil War: The Soldier's Life
Civil War Turning Points
American Civil War: Casualties, Battles and Battlefields
Civil War Casualties, Fatalities & Statistics
Civil War Generals
American Civil War Desertion and Deserters: Union and Confederate
Civil War Prisoner of War: Union and Confederate Prison History
Civil War Reconstruction Era and Aftermath
American Civil War Genealogy and Research
Civil War
American Civil War Pictures - Photographs
African Americans and American Civil War History
American Civil War Store
American Civil War Polls
NORTH CAROLINA HISTORY
North Carolina Civil War History
North Carolina American Civil War Statistics, Battles, History
North Carolina Civil War History and Battles
North Carolina Civil War Regiments and Battles
North Carolina Coast: American Civil War
HISTORY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Western North Carolina and the American Civil War
Western North Carolina: Civil War Troops, Regiments, Units
North Carolina: American Civil War Photos
Cherokee Chief William Holland Thomas
HISTORY OF THE CHEROKEE INDIANS
Cherokee Indian Heritage, History, Culture, Customs, Ceremonies, and Religion
Cherokee Indians: American Civil War
History of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Nation
Cherokee War Rituals, Culture, Festivals, Government, and Beliefs
Researching your Cherokee Heritage
Civil War Diary, Memoirs, Letters, and Newspapers
American Civil War Store: Books, DVDs, etc.

A Misunderstood Leader

General US Grant
General US Grant.jpg
Union General US Grant

To the Americans of his era, Grant was the most celebrated, famous and respected American of his generation. Civil War veterans cheered him wherever he went. He was called "the savior of the Union." His legacy, however, changed, making him one of "the most misunderstood figures of American history... Grant's character has been reduced to a cardboard caricature, which contains the brief description of 'slovenly drunkard' and an indolent, ill-kept President." 

His personality was not typical of a great general. He was a very modest man. Many thought of him as rough and crude, with a macho edge and hard personality. Those who knew him well, however, often described him as a man with a gentle and forgiving disposition. He was said to be shy and reserved.

Grant was a highly moral man who was better read and educated than most of his countrymen. While he preferred to discuss horses, he was knowledgeable in several areas. He could easily talk about military matters, farming, topography, and history.

Sometimes Grant's silence was mistaken for stupidity. Soldiers who served with him noted that he only spoke when he had something to say. He did not speak simply to fill the silence. What he knew, he really knew — especially where military matters were concerned. His military communications were precise and clear. No one ever had to re-read them to understand his directions.

President US Grant & Family
General US Grant.jpg
General US Grant

Source: National Park Service

Site search Web search

Return to American Civil War Homepage

Best viewed with Google Chrome

Google Safe.jpg