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Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Volume 16

Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Volume 16

1866

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Edited by John Y. Simon

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Hardcover
978-0-8093-1467-6
666 pages, 6.5 x 9.75, 1 illustrations
10/10/1988

U S Grant Papers

 

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About the Book

Ulysses S. Grant as symbol became as important in peace as he had been in war. The nation rewarded Grant with the rank of full general, the first U.S. officer to hold the rank since George Washington.



Disliking politics, Grant sought to avoid the growing controversy over Reconstruction policy. Although he faced growing pressure to take a stand, he maintained public silence, firmly believing it wrong for an army officer "to take part in elections."



Grant also worked hard to reorganize the army to meet postwar needs. Increased friction between settlers and Indians, Fenian activity in Canada, and the French in Mexico required a larger army than customary.



Reconstruction and the French presence in Mexico increasingly conspired to draw Grant into the political arena.

Authors/Editors

John Y. Simon is Director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and Professor of History at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.



David L. Wilson is Adjunct Associate Professor of History at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.