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A General Who Will Fight

Harry S. Laver

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780813136776
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813136776.001.0001
A General Who Will Fight

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Prior to his service in the Civil War, nothing about Ulysses S. Grant indicated that he would be an extraordinary leader. His performance as a cadet at West Point was mediocre and he finished in the bottom half of his class. Nevertheless, during his early service in the Civil War, most notably at the battles of Shiloh and Vicksburg, Grant demonstrated that he was developing an uncommon drive. When it was most crucial, Grant proved his mettle by taking control of the Union troops and leading his forces to complete victory through a combination of integrity, determination, and reason. A General Who Will Fight is a detailed study of leadership that explores Grant's rise from undisciplined cadet to Commanding General of the United States Army. Some experts have attributed Grant's success to superior manpower and resources, to the help he received from other Union armies, or even to a ruthless willingness to sacrifice his own men. This study, however, refutes these arguments and reveals that the only explanation for Grant's success lies in his leadership skill, professional competence, and unshakeable resolve. Much more than a book on military strategy, this innovative analysis examines the decision-making process that enabled Grant both to excel as an unquestioned commander and to win.

Keywords: Ulysses S. Grant; Leadership; Civil War; Shiloh; Vicksburg; ChattanoogaOverland Campaign

Book.  216 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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A Great Force of Will in A General Who Will Fight

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First Lessons in A General Who Will Fight

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First Battles in A General Who Will Fight

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Shiloh in A General Who Will Fight

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The Vicksburg Campaign in A General Who Will Fight

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Chattanooga in A General Who Will Fight

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The Overland Campaign in A General Who Will Fight

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Richmond, Petersburg, and Peace in A General Who Will Fight

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