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Unconditional surrender : U.S. Grant and the Civil War

by Marrin, Albert.

Format: Print Book 1994
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Non-Fiction Collection j E672 .M3 1994
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  j E672 .M3 1994
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 92G GRANT Mar
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 92G GRANT Mar
Pleasant Hills Public Library Juvenile JUV 973.7 M35
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Juvenile
Call Number  JUV 973.7 M35
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 973.73 MAR 1994
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  J 973.73 MAR 1994
When the small, stoop-shouldered man in a rumpled uniform and scuffed boots, accompanied by a thirteen-year-old boy, asked for a room at Willard's Hotel in Washington, D.C., he was offered a small room on the top floor. But when the clerk saw the man's signature, suddenly a suite was found for him. The man was Ulysses S. Grant, and President Lincoln recently had appointed him commander in chief of the Union forces. Noted historian Albert Marrin tells how this reluctant soldier became the leader who was able to bring final victory to the Union after years of bloody, wrenching civil war. Along the way he describes how soldiers lived in army camps: their food, their recreation, their thoughts, taken from diaries and letters home, and brings to the reader the experience of war: the fear, the deadly mistakes, the early medical services to the wounded, and always the heroism. Dr. Marrin re-creates the battles of Grant's campaigns and puts them in historical perspective. He makes it clear to his readers why both Abraham Lincoln and the ordinary Yankee soldier were willing to trust the outcome of the war and the future of the country to this unlikely hero.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6-12. Part history, part biography, this is a fine study of Grant and his pivotal role in the Civil War. Marrin points out the many ironies of Grant's life: educated at West Point and a soldier by trade, he hated war; he seemed a failure until the war drew him from obscurity and brought his best qualities into prominence; repelled by the sight of blood since childhood, he led forces into the Battle of Shiloh, still remembered as a bloodbath; the leader of the Union army and a man who had freed his slaves, he once said he was not an abolitionist or even antislavery; anything but a politician, he became president of the U.S. Using these paradoxes to explore who Grant was and how he shaped events, Marrin creates a detailed and lively picture of the man and those who fought under him throughout the war. Well researched and vividly written, the book includes many quotations as well as photographs from the period. Source notes and a bibliography round out this very readable biography. ~--Carolyn Phelan"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Grant, Ulysses S. -- (Ulysses Simpson), -- 1822-1885.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Publisher New York : Toronto : New York :Atheneum ;1994
Maxwell Macmillan Canada ;
Maxwell Macmillan International,
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 200 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 194-196) and index.
ISBN 0689318375 :
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