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Grant Under Fire

An Exposé of Generalship & Character in the American Civil War

A book by Joseph A. Rose challenges Ulysses S. Grant’s reputation as a military genius and as a reliable chronicler of America’s bloodiest conflict.

PrintMEDIA CONTACT:Joseph A. Rose

Alderhanna Publishing

310 First Avenue #9D

New York, NY 10009

(212) 529-1861


ISBN: 978-1943177-004

LCCN: 2015936954

Retail price: $42.50

Illustrations: 37 maps

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

Page Count: 816

Binding: Smyth-sewn

Cover: Hardbound

Cover Art: Four color

Publication date:

September 15, 2015

Grant suffered the biggest military surprise of the Civil War, committed the worst official act of anti-Semitism on United States soil, and came closest of all federal commanders to losing Washington, D.C. In ranking his generalship above Robert E. Lee’s, Grant’s defenders ignore his crude, pugnacious strategies that resulted in a costly war of attrition and his amateurish tactics of impetuous frontal assaults against fortified positions. His rampant cronyism poisoned the Union war effort, as well.

Impressively researched, Grant Under Fire is an iconoclastic but exceptionally well documented contribution to our clearer and more in-depth understanding of the role Grant played in the American Civil War. Informed and informative, Grant Under Fire is a seminal work of exhaustive scholarship.—Midwest Book Review

Praise from noted Civil War authors:

Joseph Rose presents an engaging critical assessment of Grant’s generalship that is destined to provoke lively debate.—Gordon Rhea

Rose writes with a vigorous style, and supports his thesis with impressive research and incisive analysis.—Robert I. Girardi

Grant Under Fire reveals a general with a dramatically different character than the one he portrayed for himself.—Lawrence Lee Hewitt

A well-written, exhaustively researched essay.—John Horn

Rose’s prodigious and impeccable scholarship greatly strengthens his penetrating analysis of both Grant the man and Grant the commander.—William Glenn Robertson

Just to set the record straight, there should be more future insightful research and commentary, as you will find here.—Wiley Sword

It is a must for any serious student of the Civil War.—Frank Varney

This groundbreaking work resolves such persistent controversies as Grant’s drunken partying with the enemy on flag-of-truce boats, unfairly blaming Lew Wallace for the slow march to Shiloh, pretending all along to possess the plan to pass Vicksburg, taking credit for the charge up Missionary Ridge, leaving wounded men to die between the lines at Cold Harbor, and mistreating Black soldiers and civilians. In doing so, Grant’s celebrated Personal Memoirs are shown to be unreliable.

Joseph A. Rose spent twelve years writing Grant Under Fire, combining original research—rigorously based on primary sources—and investigative historiography, overturning 150 years of untrue accounts of Ulysses S. Grant’s military career.

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