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Grant Moves South (Grant #2)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  318 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Part one of the classic Civil War study of General Ulysses S. Grant, written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Bruce Catton, introduces General Grant as he undertakes his first Civil War command, and follows him as he leads his troops through a series of battles, including Belmont, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Chickasaw Bayou, Edwards Station, and Vicksburg.
Hardcover, 564 pages
Published January 1st 1960 by Little, Brown & Company (Boston)
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Randy
Very readable, Mr. Catton brings Grant to life. What I especially like about this book is that the author shows how Grant evolved into a great commander. Yes, he made mistakes. Yes, he sometimes got lucky, but at his core Grant was a humble man of great courage and resolve, who was able to see the road to victory while others, too afraid to fail, could not.
Gerry Germond
Grant Moves South is the second of a trilogy, starting with Lloyd Lewis' Captain Sam Grant, covering the life of U.S. Grant through the Civil War. This volume picks up on him in June 1861 as a colonel and commander of the 21st Illinois, and covers his career through the fall of Vicksburg in 1863. The author is giving us a relatively plain, straightforward type of guy, who saw, as did few of his contemporaries, the way to victory was through the total destruction of the enemy's armies which he ac ...more
Karen Fyke
Apr 10, 2008 Karen Fyke rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want to understand the Civil War and its place in American history.
Shelves: history
Ulysses S. Grant is one of the most mis-understood men in American history. Bruce Catton gives us a balanced and thorough picture of the man, his methods, and his character. In this book, the first of a two-part series, Catton gives an in-depth look at Grant from 1861 when he first enlisted to 1863 and the fall of Vicksburg. I've read bits and pieces of the "campaign in the West" as the war in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansas was called, but this is the first time that I ...more
Patrick
Oct 17, 2008 Patrick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Fascinating look at the rise of U.S Grant. from a nobody to commander of western theater during the Civil War through the siege at Vicksburg and the battle at Chatanooga.
Grant was this quiet unimpressive fellow, but his coolness under pressure ("Ol' Ulyss don't scare worth a damn!" one soldier is reputed to have declared) had this stablizing influence on those around him, most especially the high-strung W.T. Sherman.
Lincoln was his biggest defender, and when critics wanted Grant replaced after t
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John
Good historical writing. I've read Grant's autobiographical Personal Memoirs, and, though it had many good parts in his own words (like why Texas' joining the secession was so wrong), Grant is too humble to talk about what made him such a great man. Some interesting history I had never heard of before, such as Grant's policies to help liberated slaves. Always underestimated and understated, frequently wronged by his superiors and critics, his patience and forbearance are well depicted in this bo ...more
Tom Johnson
top notch writing - the trouble with Civil War history is that there exists authors who write in order to refight the war - Southern Sympathizers lurk (as in Hollywood, under your bed, etc. ... ) -the "victor" moves on- the "loser" maintains a grudge and scrawls on the s.h. walls - I've read Grant's memoirs but Catton's book makes the events so much clearer (perhaps it's the repetition?). love a book that pulls the reader along - little effort required unless it is to put the book down.
Al
Any book by Catton is worth reading and this was a fascinating look at the rise to prominance of U.S. Grant. This was a pleasure to read because of the style as well as the content. Catton describes the major actions which caused people to initially notice Grant. Not a hagiography, Catton explores Grant's weaknesses, as well.
RJ
If you want to see how U.S. Grant advanced from a minor role in Missouri to one of the great generals of the Union, start right here. As with every other Catton book the reader is never let down.
Fredrick Danysh
Part of Catton's epic story of the American Civil War. During the first half of the war, U.S. Grant served in the West in the Ohio and Mississippi valleys.
Clayton
One of the best books I have read in a long time, both on the Civil War as well as leadership. Diving right into Grant Takes Command (the "sequel')
Craig Dunstan
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I have already jumped into the final book in the series of three: Grant Takes Command.
Erik Graff
Jan 12, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Americans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
Reviewed under the rubric "Grant Series" of which this is the first of two volumes.
Avis Black
Catton's classic 2-part study of Grant's generalship.

Dick
Aug 09, 2008 Dick rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Civil War history
Shelves: non-fiction
If you want to know about the Civil War, Catton is the guy.
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Catton was known as a narrative historian who specialized in popular histories that emphasized the colorful characters and vignettes of history, in addition to the simple dates, facts, and analysis. His works, although well-researched, were generally not presented in a rigorous academic style, supported by footnotes. In the long line of Civil War historians, Catton is arguably the most prolific an ...more
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