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Celebrate Grant’s birthday in New York and Ohio

The 193rd anniversary of the birth of President Ulysses S. Grant’s is April 27 and public, free celebrations are planned at his birthplace at Point Pleasant, Ohio and in New York City at his tomb.Two days early, on April 25, Grant’sShow More Summary

New York City Would Really Rather Not Talk About Its Slavery-Loving Past

It was the summer of 1863, and Abraham Lincoln needed troops. That March, Congress had passed the Enrollment Act, requiring all males between the ages of 20 and 45 to register for a military draft. Since that May, Ulysses S. Grant laid...Show More Summary

Grant Versus Lee

Going back to Appomattox — Jamelle Bouie has an excellent article at Slate that I urge people to read. Bouie is spot-on correct in both his historical facts and his analysis of how we remember Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant the way we do. From the end of the Civil War and through the […]

After Appomattox (Excellent Reads)

Jamelle Bouie, at Slate – “How Did Ulysses S. Grant Become an Embarrassment of History and Robert E. Lee a Role Model?“: … To millions of Americans, 150 years after the end of the Civil War, Lee is a role model and Grant is—despite his gifted generalship and consequential presidency—an embarrassment. What happened? How did [Read more...]

150 Years of Civil War Music

Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox courthouse, essentially ending the Civil War. The bloody war which ravaged the United States touched every aspect of our nation. Geography, agriculture, business, industry, politics, and even popular […]

The Unlikely Paths of Grant and Lee

One hundred fifty years ago, at the courthouse in Appomattox, Virginia, Ulysses S. Grant won the Civil War. His chief opponent, Gen. Robert E. Lee of the Confederate States, had surrendered, all but ending the rebellion that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives but freed millions more. But this was just the beginning of Grant’s career. Show More Summary

Appomattox Day

On which that genteel butcher Bobby Lee, surrendered the treasonous Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant. Grant’s terms have generally been regarded as generous, to the point that the military leaders of the rebellion were spared the threat of criminal trials for the actions in defiance of properly constituted Federal authority. Show More Summary

Surrender

Ulysses S. Grant wrote of the events of April 9, 1865: I had known General Lee in the old army, and had served with him in the Mexican War ; but did not suppose, owing to the difference in our age and rank, that he would remember me,...Show More Summary

It’s Appomattox Day. The South Lost. Deal With It.

One hundred fifty years ago today, the American Civil War ended with Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, which wasn’t a courthouse but a town named after a court house, and the actual house belonged to Wilmer McLean. Show More Summary

Ex-cop accused of stealing rare Civil War documents

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An ex-police sergeant stole rare Civil War documents worth $500,000 from his father-in-law, a descendant of a staff aide to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, new Manhattan court papers...

Appomattox

150 years ago today, Robert E. Lee surrendered what was left of the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant, who had on hand the Army of the Potomac and the Army of the James. The arc of history bent a little more towards justice that afternoon. I felt like anything rather than rejoicing […]

The Civil War After the Civil War

For most history buffs, the Civil War’s sesquicentennial ends on Thursday. That day in 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at the Battle of Appomattox. Most historians, though, acknowledge that the war’s most ambitious aim—full equality for black citizens—took many more years to accomplish, and even continues. Show More Summary

7 Negotiation Lessons from Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee at Appomattox

Robert E. Lee famously accepted Ulysses S. Grant's terms of surrender at Appomattox Court House 150 years ago this week. Before that happened, the two generals traded letters negotiating terms. Here's what you can learn from those letters.

Civil War Remembered in Photos and Letters of Brooklyn Soldiers

On April 9, 1865, 150 years ago today, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered in Virginia to the Union’s Commanding General, Ulysses S. Grant, marking the official end of the four-year American Civil War. It was the war that “determined...Show More Summary

150 Years Ago, the Confederate Constitution Used Mike Pence's View of 'Religious Freedom' to Justify Slavery

April 9, 2015 will be the 150th anniversary of Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse to Ulysses S. Grant, marking not only the end of the Civil War, but also the end of slavery. When Jim DeMint last year stated that faith...Show More Summary

Ulysses S. Grant Boulder in Chicago, Illinois

Sitting in Chicago's Washington Park is an odd little boulder with the inscription, "Tree planted by Ulysses S. Grant, December 6th, 1879." Of course there is no tree. Grant was fresh off of his second term in office and quite the celebrity (often controversially so) when he visited Chicago's South Park (now Washington Park). Show More Summary

The Civil War Is More Than a Historical Fascination

Why the clash between North and South remains relevant, 150 years later. A mericans have written more than 70,000 books about the Civil War—1 for every 19 hours since Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant. We are awed by its sheer magnitude, staggered by its appalling human cost, and inspired by its looming heroes. Show More Summary

When Gen. Grant Expelled the Jews

On Dec. 17, 1862, as the Civil War entered its second winter, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant issued the most notorious anti-Jewish official order in American history: “The Jews, as a class violating every regulation of trade established by the...Show More Summary

Virginia Guy Knows Who Ended Slavery, And It Was Definitely Not ‘The Government’

A Leesburg, Virginia, town councilman has a novel theory of how American slavery came to an end: God did it, not big government. We’re inclined to think perhaps He had a little help from Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman,...Show More Summary

Celebrity Real Estate: Ulysses S Grant's Old Detroit House Plans a Road Trip

Before Ulysses S. Grant won the Civil War or ascended to the presidency, he was a young army officer stationed in Detroit. He moved here in 1849 and was gone for good by 1851, but he was the only...

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