Field of Lost Shoes – President Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant


Tell me this one is different. We think so, he’s not afraid to take action.
It’s a welcome change from your other generals. Some call Grant a butcher. Well sir, that may be
precisely what we need. General Congratulations on your victory, and
promotion. Gentlemen thank you. They say you are the general the nation
has been praying for they also say you fight like a savage I would agree with both. War is not opera not
theatre, it is for winning… winning ends the death, ends the destruction,
begins the healing. And to win brutality is required? Each game has rules Mr. President
Are we to play chess or war? And if I were to name you General-in-Chief? I will attack our
enemies at all times and in all places. I will take away his crops his animals, the food he has sheltered, his
railroads, his industry his clothing, his ammunition, his gunpowder, his steel his armament, his salt, and I will take from him the flower of his youth. I will destroy everything my enemy loves and anything that might give him the means or the hope to prevail. Do you see me as a monster Mr. President? I see you as a true General The Confederates cannot sustain
the losses. Is that what Grant says? The General doesn’t speak in predictions. Nor in boasts. What news does he give of the valley campaign? We’re better fed, better supplied more experienced. Report is that Breckenridge is
actually conscripted schoolboys cadets from the Virginia Military
Institute he’s so desperately short handed So we’ve stooped to massacring schoolboys. Only if he chooses to use them sir. my my my Find me a man who knows how to set a fire next time we go in to that god forsaken valley burn it to cinders. thank you Let’s leave him gentlemen

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  • Grant understand the "grim arithmetic of war". He invented the American way of war with firepower and maneuver, backed up by a superior supply chain that provided endless supply. He, along with Sherman, re-introduced the concept of Total War – the destruction of all and any means that enable the enemy to continue. There is a direct line from the devastation of the Shenandoah Valley to the ww2 Strategic Air campaign against Germany.

  • In the history of the United States, there's only been a VERY FEW WAR FIGHTING GENERALS who had the guts to go out there and actually fight the enemy.  Most generals today and in recent history at nothing but a bunch of "pencil pushing" and "arm chair" generals who's ONLY knowledge of war is that they have been taught in a classroom or read in a book.    I have FAR MORE RESPECT for a private who's been in combat, vs. a bureaucrat general sitting comfortably in a division HQ at some army installation or the Pentagon.

  • Lincoln immediately warmed up to Grant, both of them being Midwesterner's from Illinois. An aide saw Lincoln stretched out on a couch one afternoon after Grant took command. Having never seen Lincoln do this, the aide was concerned. Lincoln replied that he finally felt the weight of military matters had been lifted from his shoulders as he had complete confidence in Grant and wouldn't interfere anymore.

  • I love how malevolent they portray Grant. A heartless Yankee dead set on wiping the South off the map, no matter the man cost. But what can you expect from a movie that portrays Southern cadets as anti-slavery.

  • Uhm

    Why is it that they seem to have combined Grant and Sherman into this……..New…….Character?

    Grant was never like Sherman. He hated war, and he hated the fact that he had to essentially send men to slaughter to win. He was, however, tactically, a pretty bright man (for a Union General).

    Sherman, on the other hand, was a man who liked the taste of battle, and therefore when allowed to go 'off the rails' (as they say), he went the whole 9 yards. That being said, Sherman as well was a pretty good Union General.

    Both men paled in comparison to Lee, Jackson or Longstreet, but they both had their strong points.

    Anyhow, at the end of the day, Sherman should be the one who is blamed for the 'March to the Sea' and the 'Scorched Earth' policy that followed his campaigns. Grant never pursued the same tactics.

  • that intepretation of Grant, more reminded me of Sherman, not Grant…

  • Grant's "strategy" — if you want to call it that — was essentially to wear out the Army of Northern VA since he could never defeat it as long as it was a cohesive fighting force. It took him a year of attrition, lost more Union soldiers than were in the entire Army of N. VA. Grant was never the strategist that Lee was and as long as the Army of N.VA. had enough men, Grant was never going to win. The North Anna campaign alone demonstrated Grant's inferiority as a commander. He stole only one march on Lee and that was after Lee had lost Stuart. The Army of Northern VA was never defeated; it was killed.

  • Tom Skerrit would have been better as Sherman.

  • Films like this keep the myth of Southern honour alive.

    Wipes real history of the map like how the southern states seceded to preserve slavery and how the North was always going to win the southern generals just made sure more blood would be spilt.

  • Once again America had the right men at the right time.

  • Grant and Sherman were both "feral animals" yet they are revered in American history. Post war propaganda has a way of doing that.

  • Grant was not like this at all. He was pragmatic and very kind to the non-combatants whenever he could be. After the fall of Vicksburg he gave back what he took to the local population because he didn't need it anymore. Grant didn't take pleasure in savagery but he did destroy everything that would give comfort or aid to the enemy, its not a new tactic, its a necessary one. Grants whole strategy was to end the war as quickly as possible to save lives, not because he loved killing.

  • Sherman declared war to being hell. Then he went on to prove what he had stated was correct.

  • GRANTS NOT A BUTCHER, IN FACT HE HATED WAR HE JUST SAW IT AS A JOB AND WAR GAME

  • Is Grant possessed by general Sherman and Sheridan

  • Grant rose from literally nothing, from selling firewood in the Nowhere of the West to the Commander of all Union Armies. In 1861 he had scarcely any friends at all – certainly none in high places, he had no money and he had no reputation for anything except being a drunk.

    So how could he have risen so high if he were incompetent? Or a butcher? Or an unpleasant fellow? Let alone all those things at once…

  • Grant was a decent battlefield general who used scorched earth tactics in the Shenandoah valley along with Sherman burning Atlanta with his march to the sea. Grant never used any real original battlefield tactics but he understood attrition was necessary along with constant pressure on the Confederacy. Grant understood logistics but he also was able to deal well with adversity. I think Grant's best battle was Shiloh where although he was surprised on the first day, he rallied his soldiers, used his available artillery and river gunboats to stop the Confederate attack. Grant concentrated all his available forces, reorganized the stragglers into new makeshift regiments, then struck back hard at the Confederates on the second day forcing them back. How a general deals with unforseen adversity and surprise enemy attacks is the ultimate test of any leader. Grant did NOT quit or give up at Shiloh but rallied his forces, organized a defense, and stopped his enemy. The next day he counterattacked driving the Confederates from the field inflicting heavy losses upon the enemy despite his own heavy losses. Shiloh was the bloody model for every remaining large scale Civil War battle until Appomattax. The difference was when the struggle grew desperate with prolonged slaughter, Grant rallied and concentrated his forces for the next attack. Grant never let go of his enemy until he ground him up after repeated bloody attacks, flanking maneuvers, and more bloody attacks.

    The railroad ensured that armies could be concentrated and maintained in the field through constant resupply and reinforcements of men. The defender had a big advantage over the attacker in the Civil War. The attacker had to have at least a three to one manpower advantage over the defender to ensure success. The attacker also had to have superiority in cannons in order to blast the defender out of his entrenchments or to soften up the defender prior to an infantry assault. Massed produced smoothbore cannon allowed for double canister to be fired on advancing enemy infantry columns decimating them at close range under 400 meters. Other artillery shells loaded with timed fuses and musket balls were used for longer ranges. Solid shot was used against fortifications and entrenchments. These smoothbore cannon were ubiquitous on both sides but the North usually had more artillery with plentiful ammunition and powder. The Minie ball rifled musket allowed for a skilled soldier to shoot a mansized target at 500 meters. However, an average soldier could consistently shoot down another enemy soldier at 300 meters then reload two or three shots per minute thereafter. The percussion cap allowed for consistent faster firing of rifled muskets too even in wet conditions. These longer ranges with consistent rate of accurate firing made the Civil War rifle an unparallelled killing machine. The smoothbore muskets used in Napoleonic times had a range of about 50 meters. The use of rifled artillery also was becoming common place but the 12 pounder Napoleon smoothbore cannon made of brass was the ultimare killing machine in the Civil War.

    We have to think about the industrial process of mass produced high quality weapons, consistent resupply and reinforcement allowed by the railroad to understand the terrible casualties of the Civil War. The 30,000 miles of railroad ensured higher concentrations of manpower, weapons, equipment, and horses in one area. This logistical supply ability with the railroad allowed for a steady stream of battles and endless skirmishing each week and month without let up. The railroad also allowed for battles on widespread theaters a thousand miles apart simultaneously too. The railroad system turned warfare in the industrial age into a gigantic highly lethal battle of attrition. So many historians need to read more about Herman Haupt the Union railroad general to understand why the Civil War was so bloody, so long, with so many large scale battles. The railroad explains everything the historian really needs to know about the Civil War and both World Wars. As long as the trains ran on time with adequate supplies, manpower, weapons to reinforce battlefield losses, industrial warfare was essentially a prolonged battle of attrition with death and maiming on an unprecedented scale of absolute horror.

  • This was more of my favorite commander General Sherman not General Grant he was lets say more calm then violent the battle of Shilo was where he got the name Butcher not as a leader he was respectful

  • This shows how evil Lincoln was. In his first Inarugural Address he didn't care how much blood he had to spill to collect the duties of state's meaning the South. Well 750,000 Americans deaths later he did what he said he would do. When Lee Marched through Pennsylvania the Confederates did tsk e supplies. But they didn't rape, murder innocent civilians. They didn't burn people out of there homes and take their house possession's and burn their food supplies. They just took what they needed. Lying History makes this madman Lincoln a Deity. When Booth jumped out of the balcony and on the stage he said Sic Semper Trannis. That's what Brutus and the Senators of Rome said when they we're stabbing Caesar. And Booth was right. Lincoln destroyed the Constitution to wage war for Southern Tarrifs and taxes. And one thing Lincoln and Grant had plenty to spare was the men in the Union Army. One thing not taught is after or maybe before Chickamauga Lincoln had sent 400,000 men to their deaths on mostly Southern Soil. Chancellorsville and Chickamauga were the last two Victories for our Republic. One thing I know is God will Judge Lincoln righteously.

  • Drumlin!!!!!!

  • They called General Grant a butcher. What about general Sherman? He was a true butcher. More than Grant could ever be. What he did to the great state of Georgia. May he burn in hell!!!

  • Grant the war criminal admits his guilt.

  • THIS IS MORE LIKE SHERMAN NOT GRANT..

  • Two utterly evil men! Deo Vendice!

  • What if Abrahams voice sounded just like kermit the frog

  • Made with complete confederate bias. Lol. Funny how the losers of wars in history just won’t admit defeat and being outgeneralled

  • Grant and Sherman were right and therefore they won ….

  • Even though General Grant was not like this at all, I honestly like how super malevolent they portrayed him here. lol

  • To use children to fight a war for me is unconscionable.

  • President Lincoln was a good person

  • The birth of an empire and the death of a republic.

  • Grant was no butcher, although he was also very aggressive and didn't see losses as an impediment to victory. He was arguably the least conservative commanding general in the Union

  • Yea very bad portrayal of Grant lol… read his biography. This is much more like Sheridan

  • As we are about to celebrate the Fourth of July, I would like to thank so many of you who have shared your great knowledge of Gen/President Grant. Or for appreciating him. As in life, there will always have those around us who tend to be too cynical, but that's OK. I want to share with you a quote from President Reagan which must jar our thoughts about our country . They are profound. " Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
    Thank you, all of you warriors from the Battle of Bunker Hill who have slaked the thirst for freedom. We are losing our freedom today. Be part of the solution….

  • General Grant knew his exact lineage on his father's side. Priscilla and Matthew Grant sailed on the " John and Mary" into the Plymouth Bay Colony. They might well have been Puritans. Matthew Grant became a surveyor in the area of what is now Windsor, CT. Many writings of the time said he was more than honest and well-admired.
    However, when I started looking into this I discovered something quite fascinating. The Grants originally came from Scotland. They were well-known to be warriors !

  • your greatest president and your greatest General together in the worst war your nation has ever been in. [ American V American]

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