Wednesday, July 8, 2020

A Look Back At Ulysses S. Grant, President And Great Civil War General, On The History Channel

Theodore Roosevelt said that Washington, Lincoln and Grant are the three greatest American heroes. 

Washington was the indispensable man during the War of Independence and the creation of the United States. Lincoln was the great man who led our country during the Civil War and kept us together as a nation. Grant was the great Union general who won the Civil War on the battlefield. 
Grant was one of the greatest generals in history. 

I recently viewed Grant, the three-part miniseries on U.S. Grant on the History Channel. The series, part reenactment with actors and part historians and military people talking about Grant and his life and times, was excellent. 

The History Channel describes the miniseries:
At the time of his death, Ulysses S. Grant was the most famous man in the world and stood alongside men like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the pantheon of American heroes. However, today Ulysses S. Grant is largely forgotten, his rightful legacy tarnished by a fog of myth, rumor and falsehood.
Grant tells the remarkable and quintessentially American story of a humble man who overcomes incredible obstacles, rises to the highest ranks of power and saves the nation not once, but twice. With a seamless blend of dramatic scenes, expert commentary and beautifully enhanced archival imagery, this three-part miniseries uncovers the true legacy of the unlikely hero who led the nation during its greatest tests: the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Born into a humble family of abolitionists, Ulysses S. Grant was never destined for greatness. At a time when the nation is being ripped apart over the issue of slavery, Grant marries into a slave-holding family and is forced to confront his own feelings about equality. As the country falls apart around him, Grant bounces from job to job, at one point selling firewood on the streets to buy food for his family. Just a few years later, this quiet, unassuming man is in command of a million men, and it is his ingenious strategy and bulldog determination that wins the Civil War, re-unifies the Nation and helps bring freedom to 4 million former slaves. 
Widely regarded as the greatest general of his generation, Grant is called to duty again to serve as president. In the face of huge obstacles, Grant reunifies a fractured nation, battles the KKK and emerges as a champion of civil rights and equality for all Americans. Grant’s meteoric rise is one of the unlikeliest stories in American history, but it wasn’t luck, it didn’t just happen by accident and it wasn’t easy. With gritty depictions of brutal battles, risky gambles, crushing setbacks and triumphant victories, Grant will take the viewer inside the moments that defined Grant and forever changed our nation. 

You can watch the miniseries via the below link: 

Note: To learn more about U.S. Grant I recommend Ron Chernow's Grant.

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