Since even the important Grant
literature offers a pilgrimage of reading such as few have leisure to undertake, those books most directly and compactly authentic or remunerative have been marked with a star.
Works of controversy are not included.
Several volumes, once conspicuous, are omitted because of their present trifling value.
It is impracticable to enumerate many documents,--Sumner
's speeches, for example,--essential though they be to the student.
and his campaigns.
By Henry Coppee
(New York, 1866: Charles B. Richardson
.) By far the best of the early military biographies.
With General Sheridan
's last campaign.
By a staff officer [F. C. Newhall
, 1866: J. B. Lippincott
most vivid story of the cavalry battles yet told.
III.* personal history of Ulysses S. Grant
By Albert D. Richardson
, 1868: American Publishing Company.) Full of anecdote and interest.
On the whole, better than either its contemporaries or its followers.
Military history of Ulysses S. Grant
By Adam Badeau
(New York, 1868-81: D. Appleton
& Co.) A pompous third-rate production, and untrustworthy.
V. The Virginia
campaign of ‘64 and ‘65.
By Andrew A. Humphreys
(New York, 1883: Charles Scribner
's Sons.) The admirable temper and ability of this book place it far above any military narrative thus far written in this country.
VI. * personal Memoirs of U. S Grant
1885-86: Charles L. Webster
& Co.; Century Company, 1895.) This great book has been already spoken of in the text.
With it should be read the Memoirs of Sherman
They make a trilogy that will outlast any criticism.
By Adam Badeau
. (Hartford, Conn.
, 1887: S. S. Scranton
& Co.) Contains much that is trivial, but much that is valuable.
By Henry Adams
The four last essays.
(New York, 1891: Charles Scribner
's Sons.) There is no better summary of pertinent political issues.
IX. Mr. Fish
and the Alabama
By J. C. B. Davis
and New York, 1893: Houghton
& Co.) Another excellent and absorbing summary.
X. the story of the Civil War
. By John Codman Ropes.
1894-98: G. P. Putnam
's Sons.) Unfinished.
The reader may always trust Mr. Ropes
' information, but not always his judgment.
History of the United States
from the Compromise of 1850.
By James Ford Rhodes
(New York, 1895-99: Harper Brothers.) Unfinished.
This work is steadily taking the features of a classic.
No writer of any period of our history combines so many gifts,--interest, weight, thoroughness, serenity.
the history of the last Quarter-Century in the United States
(1870-95). Volume I. By Elisha Benjamin Andrews
(New York, 1896: Charles Scribner
's Sons.) Entertaining, undigested, readable.
A good cartoon of the period.
XIII. * Campaigning with Grant
By General Horace Porter, Ll.D.
(New York, 1897: The Century Company.)
An engaging and charming book.
's personality is nowhere better drawn.
's-eye view of our Civil War. By Theodore Ayrault Dodge
and New York, 1897: Houghton
& Co.) As a book of quick reference, a table of contents, so to speak, the reader will find this of great help — as did the writer.
Battles and leaders of the Civil War
. Four volumes.
(New York, 1897: The Century Company.) This contains almost everything its title indicates, and is of permanent value.
XVI. * the Mississippi valley
in the Civil War
. By John Fiske
and New York, 1900: Houghton
& Co.) This is an essential book to read, and as delightful as it is necessary.