Synopses & Reviews
First published fifty years ago, this analysis of the generalship of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee remains one of the most readable histories of the Civil War. The author began his research sharing the generally held assumption that lee was a great general and Grant a clumsy 'butcher.' By the time Fuller completed his project, however, he regarded Grant as the greatest general of his age and one of the greatest strategists of any age. Grant and Lee is a compelling study not only of two remarkable men but also of the nature of leadership and command in wartime.
"... cuts squarely across the accepted tradition... Fuller examines these two great soldiers from a fresh viewpoint and refuses to let himself be bound by tradition." --New York Times Book Review
"... readable, instructive, stimulating, and... controversial as when first published." --Military Review
First published fifty years ago, Fuller's study of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee remains one of his most brilliant and durable works, Grant and Lee is a compelling study not only of the two men, but also of the nature of leadership and command in wartime.
Table of Contents
FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION
I THE TWO CAUSES
The Two Orders. The Two Peoples. The Two Presidents. The Two Problems. The Two Tactics. The Two Armies.
II THE PERSONALITY OF GRANT
Grant the Enigma. A Master of Predicaments. His Simplicity and Self-Reliance. His Modesty and Common Sense. His Physical and Moral Courage. His Magnanimity and Fellow-Feeling.
III THE PERSONALITY OF LEE
Lee the Virginia. The Man and the Legend. His Reliance on God. His Humility and Submissiveness. His Want of Authority and Inexhaustible Tact. His Audacity and Resignation.
IV THE GENERALSHIP OF GRANT AND LEE, 1861-62
First Bull Run and West Virginia. Paducah, Donelson and Shiloh. The Peninsula Campaign and the Seven Days' Battle. Second Bull Run, Antietam and Fredericksburg. Bragg and Grant in the West.
V THE GENERALSHIP OF GRANT AND LEE, 1863
The Vicksburg Campaign. Battle of Chancellorsville. The Gettysburg Campaign. Battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga.
VI THE GENERALSHIP OF GRANT AND LEE, 1864-65
Plans for the 1864 Campaign. From the Wilderness to Cold Harbor. The Petersburg Campaign. The Campaigns of Sheridan and Sherman. Five Forks and Appomattox Court House.
VII THE TWO GENERALS
Grant and Lee. The Old and the New Tactics. Generalship and Grand Strategy. Generalship and Grand Tactics. Generalship and Field Strategy. Generalship and Minor Tactics. Generalship.
Battles, Numbers and Losses.