Archives: Ulysses S. Grant

Good advice for the General: Write like you talk

October 16, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, Civil War, history, journalism, writers, writing.

As a writing teacher of several decades, I never cared for the advice “write like you talk.” Most people don’t talk all that well. Besides, writing is a different process from talking. Talking is easy. Writing is hard. But “write like you talk” was the advice that Ulysses S. Grant got from Robert S. Johnson, • Read More »

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Two failures who save each other – and then saved the nation (part 2)

July 25, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Civil War, history, journalism.

The battle of  Shiloh during two April days in 1862 proved to William Tecumseh Sherman that he could be what he always wanted to be – a success. See Two failures who save each other – and then saved the nation (part 1). Sherman had not been successful at very much during his adult life. • Read More »

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Two failures who saved each other – and then saved a nation (part 1)

July 19, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | 1 Comment | Filed in: Civil War, Home, journalism.

Well into his adult life, Cump Sherman considered himself a failure. So did others. He had attended West Point and had accomplished some relative successes in his military career. But when he left the army, he proceeded to fail at everything he tried. His health — he suffered from asthma — and his mental stability were • Read More »

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The life of Ulysses Grant: ending with a triumph

June 6, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, writers, writing.

Ulysses S. Grant lived a life of devastating defeats and mind-boggling triumphs. As such, he gives biographers a rich mine of material to work with. The latest biographer, Ron Chernow, seems to have done fairly with the material of Grant’s life, according to the book’s critics. One such critic is David Blight, an American History • Read More »

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Writing and dying, in public view; The Devil’s Dictionary

October 23, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: newsletter.

This newsletter was sent to the people on Jim’s email list (3,988) on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Hi,  Fence rows, tractor lifts, chainsaws, and hayrolls — they’ve all been a big part of my life lately. The farm offers an endless variety of experiences and possibilities. Don’t forget the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate. The wildfires in • Read More »

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Ulysses Grant: Writing and dying – in public view

October 19, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

His memoir was eagerly awaited by the public while he was still writing it. His death, for several months before it occurred, was tracked almost daily by the newspapers of the time. Both occurred at the same time in the spring and summer of 1885. For more than a century after his death, the presidency • Read More »

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Civil War Trust provides excellent video introduction to Gettysburg

June 21, 2016 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Battlelines, Civil War, history, journalism.

Gettysburg is so iconic — particularly because of the Gettysburg Address that Abraham Lincoln delivered four months after the battle — that we tend to lose sight of what it meant to the people who lived during the war.

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