General Grant and the Rewriting of History

How the Destruction of General William S. Rosecrans Influenced Our Understanding of the Civil War
Product Number: EB00755204
Released: Mar 08, 2019
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ISBN: #9781611211191
Publisher: Savas Beatie
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"[A] marvelously bold new book . . . Grant was The Man Who Saved the Union. Varney's invaluable book helps us understand why we remember him that way" (Emerging Civil War). In 1885, a former president of the United States published one of the most influential books ever written about the Civil War. The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant may be superbly written, Frank P. Varney persuasively argues in General Grant and the Rewriting of History, but is so riddled with flaws as to be unreliable. Juxtaposing primary source documents (some of them published here for the first time) against Grant's own pen and other sources, Professor Varney sheds new light on what really happened on some of the Civil War's most important battlefields. He does so by focusing much of his work on Grant's treatment of Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans, a capable army commander whose reputation Grant (and others working with him) conspired to destroy. Grant's memoirs contain not only misstatements but outright inventions to manipulate the historical record. But Grant's injustices go much deeper. He submitted decidedly biased reports, falsified official documents, and even perjured himself before an army court of inquiry. There is also strong evidence that his often-discussed drinking problem affected the outcome of at least one battle. The first of two volumes on this subject, General Grant and the Rewriting of History aptly demonstrates that blindly accepting historical "truths" without vigorous challenge is a perilous path to understanding real history. "An invaluable addition to Civil War Studies and reference shelves . . . and a sharp caution against putting too much blind faith in any one person's testimony, memoir, or historical accounting. Highly Recommended." -Midwest Book Review

Author(s): Frank P. Varney
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Jul 19, 2013

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