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Campaigning with Grant

Horace Porter

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In the last year of the American Civil War, Horace Porter served as aide-de-camp to General Ulysses S. Grant, then commander of all the armies of the North. This lively 1897 memoir was written from the extensive notes he took during that time. It is highly regarded by later historians. Porter continued in that position with Grant to 1869. From 1869 to 1872 he served Grant as personal secretary in the White House. He was U.S. ambassador to France from 1897-1905.

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Gen Porter has a style of writing that is easy to read (his description of a comb over by Gen Ingalls is priceless). The author generally says only good things about his fellow officers (and confederates ). By his position on Grant’s staff he was involved with Grant in every activity fro

It shouldn't have taken me this long to finish this one.. an interesting and intimate portrait of Grant. Slogs a little at times, but also is a close up account from one of his staff through the end of the war.

I really enjoyed this memoir of the Civil War. Horace Porter was an aide to Ulysses Grant, and his account, while almost worshipful of Grant, was highly literate and full of good stories and pacing. Porter went on to become American ambassador to France and played the key role in finding the body of

Horace Porter joined Grants staff in April 1864 as Grant was put in command of all US forces and moved his headquarters to join the Army of the Potomac. It follows Porter from the beginning of the Overland campaign though the end of the war.
This in not just a who was were retelling of the battles o

Horace Porter's memoir of his time serving as one of Grant's aides during the Civil War is the source of much of what is widely known about Grant during the period of the second half of the war when Porter was attached to Grant's staff. For example, Porter is one of the main sources to describe Gran

Campaigning with Grant is Gen. Horace Porter’s account of his time on Gen. Grant’s staff from April 1864 to the end of the Civil War.

Perhaps not for everyone, but for anyone who likes history and admires Grant, this book is a gold mine.

Porter’s account was published in the 1890’s, after Gen. Grant

Different language

The book was difficult bye read at first. The language used is from a different time. Well worth the read tough

I decided to reread “Campaigning With Grant” for an upcoming class on Ulysses S. Grant. I found a memoir by a member of Grant’s staff, Gen. Horace Porter, written during the 1890’s. It should be taken as a collection of personal recollections, refined by thirty years. The author first met Grant on O

First of all, Porter is the real deal. He was a young Union ordinance officer at Chattanooga when Grant arrived there to break the Confederate siege. Grant took a liking to him and pulled strings in Washington to have him assigned to his staff. The book thus primarily follows Grant's Virginia campai

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