March 9, 1864: Grant Gets His Third Star March 9, 2014March 9, 2014Brooks D. Simpson Thirteen months later … March 9, 1864: the beginning of the end. Here’s how Grant got that third star. Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like Loading... Related
I really enjoyed your presentation!
Thanks for sharing Professor Simpson.
As always, very good. I knew there was opposition to the bill from Garfield and others but had never really delved into the ins and outs of how the legislation finally got passed. Interesting to contemplate Grant, a Republican, being nominated for President as a Democrat in 1864. And a question. Have found only a few of your presentations on YouTube and one other, IIRC, that Al Mackey suggested. Are there more of them out there in cyberspace?
This video was recommended to me as a corrective measure to keep from driving off a cliff whilst following the lead of a bad source. I was cautioning someone not to oversimplify Grant with the usual “the difference was that he did not give up” – illustrating my point with quotes from a partially read article (bad move) that demonstrated how deftly Grant maneuvered Halleck into the General-in-Chief position, so that he, Grant, could escape to the field to command. It all sounded so politically savvy, except that after watching the video, I realized that not only was the article grossly oversimplified in its overview of Grant and the Lt Generalship, but also flat out wrong. The duties of the Lt. General and that of General-in-Chief/Chief of Staff (still a bit confused on the naming) were separate entities from the onset — not some desperate slight-of-hand maneuver for Grant to “secure” the field position that he desired. It was understood from the onset that Grant would command his armies where he saw fit. The lecture made me realize how thoroughly complicated the process was to resurrect the Lieutenant General rank, and even more: How fully aware Grant was of his new responsibility and how it was to be carried out. Dr. Simpson never disappoints.