Still a Mystery? General Grant and the Historians, 1981–2006

  title={Still a Mystery? General Grant and the Historians, 1981–2006},
  author={Ethan S. Rafuse},
  journal={The Journal of Military History},
  pages={849 - 874}
  • Ethan S. Rafuse
  • Published 26 July 2007
  • Art, History
  • The Journal of Military History
In 1879 General William T. Sherman remarked that, although he had known Ulysses S. Grant for years, "to me he is a mystery, and I believe he is a mystery to himself." Over the last quarter-century many authors have claimed to have solved or at least shed fresh light on the mystery of Grant. For the most part, they have portrayed Grant as a great general and good man, dissenting strongly with the highly negative portrayal of Grant contained in William S. McFeely's 1981 Pulitzer Prize–winning… 

The Life of A Reputation: The Public Memory of Ulysses S. Grant

At the time of his death in 1885, Ulysses S. Grant was widely regarded by his contemporaries as one of the great Americans of his age. Along with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, his name was

The memory and memorialization of James Birdseye McPherson

General James Birdseye McPherson, the highest ranking Union officer killed during the Civil War, slowly over time became a largely forgotten figure in the collective memory of most Americans. A brief

A Virtual Tour of Shiloh

In this article the author discusses a virtual field trip lesson created to assist his high school history students.  By using pictures, videos hosted via youtube, and actual battlefield artifacts,

Six. The Policies of War and Peace

Reconstruction during the Grant Years

Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant



The Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses (1455-85) were a major turning point in English history. But the underlying causes for the successive upheavals have been hotly contested by historians ever since. In this

The Collapse of the Confederacy.

IN 1937 CHARLES H. WESLEY (1891-1987) took a bold step in rewriting the history of the Confederate South by asserting that the new nationa failed because of underlying internal and social factors.

Around the World with General Grant

After leaving the office of the presidency in 1877, Ulysses S. Grant embarked on a journey worthy of his legendary namesake, an around-the-world tour that took him from Europe to the Middle East and

The Jefferson Image in the American Mind

Since its publication in 1960, The Jefferson Image in the American Mind has become a classic of historical scholarship. In it Merrill D. Peterson charts Thomas Jefferson's influence upon American

The papers of Ulysses S. Grant

In this book, Ulysses S. Grant's life story reaches its end. Mexico had interested Ulysses S. Grant since the young lieutenant fought there. Now, as president of the Mexican Southern Railroad, he

Ulysses S. Grant

As a general, Ulysses S. Grant is routinely described in glowing terms - the man who turned the tide of the Civil War, who accepted Lee's surrender at Appomattox, and who had the stomach to see the

Wellington and Napoleon : clash of arms 1807-1815

"Wellington and Napoleon" tells the story of the convergence and final clash of the two of the most brilliant commanders ever to meet on one field. Wellington, his men said, "didn't know how to lose

The ongoing Civil War : new versions of old stories

Introduction by Herman Hattaway and Ethan S. Rafuse The Professional Historian and "Popular" History by Mark Grimsley "Old Brains" Was Brainy After All by Herman Hattaway and Archer Jones McLellan,

Lincoln in American Memory

Lincoln's death, like his life, was an event of epic proportions. When the president was struck down at his moment of triumph, writes Merrill Peterson, "sorrow--indescribable sorrow" swept the

The Freedmen's Bureau and Reconstruction : reconsiderations

The Freedmen's Bureau and Reconstruction: Reconsiderations addresses the history of the Freedmen's Bureau at state and local levels of the Reconstruction South. In this lively and well-documented