GRANT:Savior of the Union by Mitchell Yockelson
Thomas Nelson ISBN -13:978-1-59555-452-9 193 Pages
GRANT: Savior of The Union by Mitchell Yockelson is part of the Thomas Nelson series The Generals. Grant was born April 27, 1822 and for the first month of his life he did not have a name. The decision was made to name him Hiram Ulysses Grant , but his parents later chose to call him Ulysses. Even though his physical stature was slight he “towered over other army officers when it came to discipline, perseverance, and the ability to win battles.”
Grant’s first interest was horses, not a military career. It was his father who helped arrange his entrance to West Point. Even though he didn’t want to go there he ultimately benefited from his time there. Military life was not for him as it kept him from those he loved-his wife and four children. He resigned from the military after serving in the Mexican War and other posts. However, he was not able to achieve financial success in the private sector. In 1861 the Civil War began and Grant embarked on a military career that secured his place in history for eternity. “Grant demonstrated all the traits that Lincoln found so wanting in his other senior leaders.” Even though he was plagued with allegations about drinking, he did not allow this interfere with his duties. He loved the Union and lead his troops with honesty, determination and common sense. He proved to be fearless.
Mr. Yockelson’s book vividly describes Grant’s military prowess. He also writes about his two term presidency and his legacy. He provides valuable insight into the life of a great man. I recommend reading this book as there is great deal to be learned from it.
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