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GE Earnings Preview: 'The Incredible Shrinking GE', Or 'Where's The Beef'?

By Brian Gilmartin: President Lincoln, during the Civil War, was said to have described his General McClellan, his primary Civil War general pre Ulysses S. Grant, as having "a case of the slows", in terms of his willingness and ability to attack Confederate positions. Show More Summary

Where Did All the Middle Initials Go? To the Intellectuals.

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Phillip K. Dick. Alfred E. Neuman. Ulysses S. Grant. These are all people whose names are inseparable from their middle initials. But Bruce Feiler of The New York Times has a evidence that middle initialism is on the decline. Unless you want to be perceived as smart. In that case, middle initial away. Read more...

"I know no method to secure the repeal of bad . . . laws so effective as their stringent execution"

I've been reading H.W. Brands's excellent biography of Ulysses S. Grant, The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace, and ran across a brief description of Grant's first inaugural address. I've long admired Grant, and...Show More Summary

Valley men rush to the defense of… Washington?

This past weekend, I spent a little time enjoying the “Invasion Stalled” program at Harper’s Ferry. While it did indeed stall… Gen. Jubal Early bypassed Harper’s Ferry, and continued his press toward Washington. Gen. Ulysses Grant, however, didn’t hesitate, and by July 6 had dispatched more troops to deal with Early’s advance. Those extra troops […]

Mark Twain and the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: Live from La Farine CCXIII: July 8, 2014

John L. Davidson sends us to Wikipedia: Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant - Wikipedia: "The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant is an autobiography... >...of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, focused mainly on his military career during the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War. Show More Summary

The Man Who Saved the Union

I've just finished reading a really enjoyable book - 'The Man Who Saved the Union' - and no, it's not about the Scottish independence referendum. Instead it's the story of the life and times of Ulysses S. Grant, an unassuming man whom...Show More Summary

Photo Essay: How Did the Statue of Liberty Get Built?

Elizabeth Mitchell's myth-busting Liberty’s Torch--a Best Book of the Month for July--is a hoot of a story packed with entertaining cameos by Victor Hugo, Ulysses Grant, Thomas Edison and more. At center stage is the maddeningly egotistical artiste, Frédéric Auguste...

The 48th/150th: "We Can Blow That Damned Fort Out Of Existence. . . "

Lt. Col. Henry Pleasants, 48th Pennsylvania 150 Years Ago, began working out his plan to tunnel under the Confederate lines 150 years ago, outside Petersburg, Virginia, and after Lt. Gen. Ulysses Grant decided against any more frontal attacks upon the Confederate defenses, the soldiers in blue settled in for a siege. Show More Summary

The NYPD's Biggest Gang Raid Was Enabled By A Million Facebook Posts

In the early hours of June 4, the New York Police Department raided the General Ulysses S. Grant and Manhattanville housing projects in West Harlem. Its biggest gang raid ever, it saw 40 suspects arrested — and it was masterminded by mining over one million Facebook posts. More »      

The NYPD's Biggest Gang Raid Was Informed By 1 Million Facebook posts

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

In the early hours of June 4th, the New York Police Department raided the General Ulysses S. Grant and Manhattanville housing projects in West Harlem. Its biggest gang raid ever, it saw 40 suspects arrested—and it was masterminded by mining over 1 million Facebook posts. Read more...

Frank Scaturro for Congress

(Paul Mirengoff) Frank Scaturro first came to my attention as a historian. He’s the author of Grant Reconsidered, a brilliant defense of the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, which I discussed here. He also wrote The Supreme Court’s Retreat from Reconstruction: A Distortion of Constitutional Jurisprudence, which I have not read. Show More Summary

Welcome Home, Sergeant

last monthNews : Truthdig

If today’s Republican Party had been around during the Civil War, it would have tried to stop its own president, a fellow named Lincoln, from appointing Gen. Ulysses S. Grant commander of the Union Army because he drank on duty.

Civil War 150th: Grant's Regret

May 31-June 12, 1864 - Union and Confederate armies meet at the Battle of Cold Harbor. Pushing south after the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant dispatched Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan's cavalry to capture the crossroads of Old Cold Harbor. Show More Summary

Today in history: Nixon goes to Moscow

May 22, 1872: President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Amnesty Act, restoring full civil rights to all but about 500 Confederate sympathizers. May 22, 1947: Fearing the spread of Soviet communism, the Truman Doctrine was passed by Congress, sending economic and military aid to Greece and Turkey. Show More Summary

American Civil War: Victory at Champion Hill

May 16, 1863 - Union forces triumph at the Battle of Champion Hill.  Having crossed the Mississippi River on April 30, 1863, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (right) commenced a campaign against the Confederate fortress of Vicksburg, MS. Show More Summary

Civil War 150th: VMI Cadets Help Win Battle of New Market

May 15, 1864 - Confederate forces win the Battle of New Market. Operating in conjunction with Lieutenant Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's main advance in Virginia, Major General Franz Sigel marched into the Shenandoah Valley in May 1864. Tasked with clearing the area of Confederate forces, Sigel began moving up the Valley. Show More Summary

General Grant's Mule Shoe

Today we see another aspect of Ulysses S. Grant's generalship -- his willingness to experiment.

The 48th/150th: Roads South To Spotsylvania. . .

There would be no turning back. By the morning of May 7, and after two days of slaughter in the thick Virginia wilderness, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant determined that instead of the army falling back to lick its wounds, that it would side-step...Show More Summary

150 Years Since Ulysses S. Grant's Superstition Won a War

May 4 through June 24 is the 150th anniversary of the Overland campaign, which took place during the American Civil War in 1864. Although General Robert E. Lee didn't surrender until April 9, 1865, the Overland campaign turned the Civil War into an end-game scenario with the Union holding all the pieces. Show More Summary

Ulysses S. Grant: Hero or butcher? Great man or doofus?

The guy who is conspicuously not on Mount Rushmore is Ulysses S. Grant. In the second half of the 19th Century he had a stature among Americans equal to that of Lincoln; a million people, at least, attended his funeral procession in 1885. When he toured the world after his two-term presidency he was greeted […]

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