Men of Fire

Men of Fire

Grant, Forrest, and the Campaign That Decided the Civil War

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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In 1862, Ulysses S. Grant achieved what President Lincoln had sought since the start of the War: the first decisive Union victory. Fought on the western edge of the theater, the Forts Henry and Donelson campaign was a gruesome omen of what was to come. Grant, until then an obscure brigadier general with a reputation for drink, became the fighting man of the hour, earning the nickname "Unconditional Surrender" Grant for his relentless pounding of the Confederates. But he had a match in ruthlessness in Lieutenant Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest, cavalry commander in the Henry and Donelson campaign, proved a counterweight to Grant: quick and nimble to the former's steady plodding, a ruthless slaveholder and future KKK Grand Wizard to Grant's abolitionism. Hurst captures the battle of these two great men and armies in all its destructive glory.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, 2007
ISBN: 9781433283789
Additional Contributors: Weiner, Tom.

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Jan 24, 2018

Highly recommend.

If you have any interest in reading/learning about "the unkempt little man in the blue brigadier general's coat", you've GOT to read/listen to this.

And the foe of this Honorable General is The Ultimate Bad Guy...a very cruel plantation owner, slave trader and [allegedly] a Grand Wizard in the very early years of the KKK. His recruiting motto was “Come on boys if you want a heap of fun and to kill some Yankees!”

The author does go into the minutiae of the Battle of Ft Donelson, so if that gets boring, I suggest to skip ahead to around the 10 hour mark of the audio.


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