goodnamesweretaken  asked:

Hi, I'm looking for a good biography of Ulysses S. Grant and 'American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant' by Robert C White just popped up on my Goodreads as a suggestion. Have you read it? Would you recommend any other biographies of Grant instead?

Yes, definitely. I just recommended Ronald C. White’s American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant (BOOK | KINDLE) the other day. It’s very good. Definitely check it out when it’s released on Tuesday.

Another biography about Grant that I would recommend is The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace by H.W. Brands (BOOK | KINDLE). You can never go wrong with a book by Dr. Brands.

There’s also an interesting dual biography of Grant and Robert E. Lee released in 2014 by William C. Davis that I’d suggest: Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee – The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged (BOOK | KINDLE). 

And Grant’s own autobiography, completed days before he died in 1885, The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant (BOOK | KINDLE), is the best autobiography ever written by a President, although it focuses mostly on his military career and not at all about his time in the White House.

Have you heard? September 9th 2016 prisoners from all over the United States are going on strike!

It is important to let your friends, family, and comrades on the inside know about whats going down any way you can get this information to them.

It is important to organize prisoner solidarity noise demos outside of the nearest prison to spread awareness on the inside about the strike and to support those who are already taking action.

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The United States has the largest prison population in human history.

Incarceration does not cut down on crime.

Prisoners work for less than $2 a day for private corporations and the US Government.

Prisoners in Missouri not only have to pay for basic necessities (razors, food, etc) but they are charged taxes on it

The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000

Prisons are nothing more than a form of social control. A warehouse for those who refuse to function as cogs in the US death machine, for those who are a surplus population in times of mass unemployment, for those otherized by white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy, for slaves in the modern day US plantations.

William T. Sherman And The American Term “Bum”- WAR SLANG

The term “bummers” refers to General Sherman’s foragers during the March To The Sea and the Carolinas Campaign and is possibly deriving from the German Bummler, meaning “idler” or “wastrel.” Many soldiers, who believed it struck terror in the hearts of Southern people, embraced the name.

Bummer. (1) A deserter. See also hospi- 
tal bummer. (2) An individual more in- 
terested in the spoils of war than in good 
conduct; a predatory soldier. (3) A ge- 
neric name for the destructive horde of 
deserters, stragglers, runaway slaves, and 
marauders who helped make life miser- 
able in the war-torn South. Bummers 
robbed, pillaged, and burned along with 
General Sherman and his army in Geor- 
gia. These men were known far and wide 
as Sherman's bummers. The term was not 
shortened to "bum" until after the war 
(c. 1870). It is almost certainly a mod- 
ification of the German Bummler 

On the road from Atlanta to the sea and then north, Sherman’s columns left their supply bases far behind, and their wagons could not carry provisions sufficient for all the Union troops. Sherman wanted to move fast and not be encumbered by supply trains or even worrying about protecting supply lines.  He therefore ordered the Yankee soldiers to live off the land.  Since it was Sherman’s intent, as we have already shown in his statements in the Official Records, “to make Georgia howl” to cause the citizens to suffer as much as possible he accomplished both objectives with use of the bummers.  The Yankees also intended to lay just as heavy a hand on South Carolina, because they considered a “hellhole of secession.”

The bummer foraging parties became bands of marauders answering to no authority. One conscientious bummer wrote to his sister about the depredations inflicted on South Carolina: 

“How would you like it, what do you think, to have troops passing your house constantly … ransacking and plundering and carrying off everything that could be of any use to them? There is considerable excitement in foraging, but it is [a] disagreeable business in some respects to go into people’s houses and take their provisions and have the women begging and entreating you to leave a little when you are necessitated to take all. But I feel some degree of consolation in the knowledge I have that I never went beyond my duty to pillage.”

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2011/06/28/137450464/3-d-motion-pictures-from-the-civil-war Source:http://archive.org/stream/War_Slang/War_Slang_djvu.txt Source:http://civilwar150th.blogdrive.com/

“Fancy seeing you here! Don’t you have an appointment elsewhere- propping up crackpot Korean dictators and illegally invading sovereign countries?”

“My- is it unthinkable that people would freely reject your corrupt capitalist pigshit?”

“Aw. I see you’ve deigned to allow your pet to stretch his legs.”

“I see yours does not look very happy to be here. Indeed, he looks positively displeased.”

“Haha, Vanya. He’s just scared of you. At least I’m feeding him- whereas I’m not sure I can say the same for you, eh?”

More historical hetalia! The outbreak of the Korean War in 1950- where Communist North Korea invaded the South in an attempt to forcefully reunite the country- led to a lot of paranoia the Soviets would try something similar with East and West Germany. In reality, the North Korean invasion was largely a nationalist one, pushed for by North Korean communists- not orchestrated by the Soviet Union. In general, Soviet and American treatment of their Germanys began diverging- the Americans had ramped up German economic recovery, whereas the USSR was still determined not to revive a strong Germany that would pose a future threat. East and West Germany were pretty much pawns in this new power struggle. 


April 9th 1865: The American Civil War ends

On this day in 1865, 150 years ago, Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union general Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia, thus ending the civil war that had ravaged America since 1861. Sectional tensions over slavery, which had existed since the nation’s founding, came to boiling point with the election of the anti-slavery Republican Abraham Lincoln as president in 1860. The outraged Southern states feared the government would attempt to emancipate their slaves, whose labour provided the basis for the Southern economy, and thus seceded to form the Confederate States of America. Hopes for peace were dashed when shots were fired upon the Union Fort Sumter in April 1861, and the nation descended into civil war. The Confederacy, largely led by General Lee, initially had great success and defeated the Union in key battles including at Manassas and Fredericksburg. However, the Union’s superior resources and infrastructure ultimately turned the tide of war in their favour, crushing the Confederates at Gettysburg and with the destruction of Sherman’s march to the sea. Lee surrendered to Grant when hope of Confederate victory was lost, though Grant - out of respect for Lee and his desire for peaceful reconciliation -  defied military tradition and allowed Lee to keep his sword and horse. While more armies and generals had yet to surrender, Lee’s surrender essentially marked the end of the deadliest war in American history, which left around 750,000 dead. Union victory ensured the abolition of slavery, opening up questions about what was to be the fate of the four million freedpeople. These debates, as well as how to treat the seceded states and how to negotiate their readmission into the Union, defined the challenges of the postwar Reconstruction era. The Civil War remains a pivotal moment in American history and in many ways, 150 years later, the nation is still struggling to unite the sections and cope with the legacy of slavery. 

“The Confederates were now our countrymen, and we did not want to exult over their downfall.”
- Grant upon Lee’s surrender

150 years ago

Puerto Rico Utilities Unions Agree On General Strike Against Austerity, Urges Public To Stop Paying Electricity/Water Bills

The main unions representing Puerto Rico Aqueduct & Sewer Authority (PRASA) and Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) workers approved strike votes on Tuesday over proposed fiscal emergency legislation that will cut benefits for employees across the island government and close 100 public schools.

Members of UTIER, as the chief union at Prepa is known, met in an assembly Tuesday where they unanimously approved a strike vote.

We are going to paralyze this island until this law is stopped,” UTIER President Angel Figueroa Jaramillo said.

He also called on islanders to stop paying their electricity and water bills.

Union members then took their protests to the middle of Plaza Las Américas, the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean.

The unions are standing against the austerity budget proposed this spring by members of the U.S. commonwealth’s General Assembly to deal with the country’s recent bond downgrade and looming payment of its debts to bondholders.

The Fiscal Sustainability Act of the Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as the budget is called, would allow the government to bring in “emergency powers” to deal with the crisis. Under this authority, it could renegotiate all public employees’ contracts, liquidate unused sick days, and freeze salaries—thereby gutting workers’ collective bargaining powers. Privatizing the commonwealth’s electrical company, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, has also been placed on the table as an option for stanching the crisis; the emergency measures would also include closing 100 public schools.

One thing that still boggles my mind every time I think about it is that one of the furthest recorded sniper kills in history was performed during the American Civil War when an unknown Confederate South Carolinian sniper picked off Union Major General John Sedgwick at a distance of almost 1,300 meters.

What’s worse is that Sedgwick’s last words were, “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance!” 

Abner Doubleday - Forgotten By History- He Fired The First Shot In Defense Of Fort Sumter- The Opening Battle Of The War

Officer and Union General, He had a pivotal role in the early fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg. Gettysburg was his finest hour, but his relief by Maj. General George Meade caused lasting enmity between the two men. In San Francisco, after the war, he obtained a patent on the cable railway that still runs there. In his final years in New Jersey. he was a prominent member and later president of the Theosophical society.. Doubleday is often mistakenly credited with inventing baseball…

Gettysburg: He was wounded in the neck on the second day of Gettysburg and received a brevet promotion to colonel in the regular army for his service. He formally requested reinstatement as I Corps commander, but Meade refused, and Doubleday left Gettysburg on July 7 for Washington. Doubleday’s indecision as a commander in the war resulted in his uncomplimentary nickname “Forty-Eight Hours.”

Antietam: He led his men into the deadly fighting in the Cornfield and the West Woods, and one colonel described him as a “gallant officer … remarkably cool and at the very front of battle."  He was wounded when an artillery shell exploded near his horse, throwing him to the ground in a violent fall. He received a brevet promotion to Lietenant colonel in the  regular army for his actions at Antietam and was promoted in March 1863 to major general of volunteers.

In the 1870s, he was listed in the New York business directory as lawyer.

Doubleday spent much of his time writing. He published two important works on the Civil War: Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie (1876), and Chancellorsville and Gettysburg (1882), the latter being a volume of the series Campaigns of the Civil War. Doubleday died of heart disease. And is buried in Arlington, Virginia


Today children, you are going to learn about MOTHERFUCKING DAN SICKLES, one of the weirdest American Civil War Veterans EVER!

^ This man spent most of his life partying and sleeping around, but he needs to have his crazy life mentioned!

THIS ASSHOLE was a lawyer and a “political machine” he did dirty deals, messed with votes, and was into highly illegal stuff. You know what happened? Went to trial, never jail, marries a 16 year old when he’s 33, becomes a  CONGRESSMAN! 

His wife cheats on him (he’d done the same for years), He CHASES DOWN the man add shoots him 5 TIMES (2 ended up as misfires). The man dies. He goes to trial. FIRST MAN EVER declared NOT GUILTY due to TEMPORARY INSANITY!

CIVIL WAR occurs. They make him a GENERAL. He knows NOTHING about military tactics. They leave him on the sidelines until the Battle of GETTEYSBURG, one of the bloodiest battles EVER in the US. Where they put him in the middle of EVERYTHING!

So this MORON breaks the line and risks the UNION ARMY for this tiny bitty piece of land that is slightly higher than where he was, because somewhere someone told him it was better to have the high ground.

What happens?

His men get their ASSES KCKED, and he gets his MOTHERFUCKING LEG blow off by a canon! And while he was getting carried off the battlefield HE LIGHTS A CIGAR AND HAS THEM GO BACK FOR HIS LEG! Afterwards none of his men even blamed him for the deaths because they all liked him so much! GETS THE MEDAL OF HONOR! and DONATES HIS LEG for medical science.

After the war? He becomes MINSTER OF SPAIN, his wife dies, and he DATES QUEEN ISABELLA II in France!

Remarries someone else, moves back to the US and becomes a congressman AGAIN!

He died, in debt, at 95 but still manages to have a BIGASS FUNERAL!




When invasive organisms were introduced to the body via gunshot wounds, a “phagedenic condition” (“eating-sloughing”) can occur. It was treated the same way as all other ulcers developing wet gangrene - amputation

Charles F. Barnum, Private in Co. E, of the 187th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, was shot in the Battle of Petersburg, VA, and was photographed and illustrated when his ulcer extended 6.5 inches from his ankle. The amputation was performed just below the tubercule of the tibia, and healed fully. No prosthetic was recorded before discharge.

Photograph from National Museum of Health Archives. Contributed Photograph 1183.

Hand-colored ambrotype portrait of Union General Charles Smith Hamilton during the Civil War.


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Franz Sigel, Union General and failed 1848 communist revolutionary

From The Lincoln Putsch: America’s Bolshevik Revolution by George McDaniel

Union General Franz Sigel had been a leader in the communist Revolution of 1848, a revolution fought to destroy the individual state governments of Germany, and forciby unite them under an all-powerful central, socialist government. Thanks to some inept leadership, part of it provided by the young Sigel, that revolution failed and Sigel, along with thousands of other “forty-eighters,” fled Europe for America, bringing their revolutionary socialist ideas with them. During the War, his troops declared “I fights mit Sigel.” After his diastrous retreat at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, a Confederate song made fun of Sigel and his Hessian troops this way:

Ven first I came from Lauterback
I works sometimes by bakin’
Und next I runs my beer saloon,
Und den I try shoe-makin’,

But now I march mit musket out
To save dot yankee eagle
Dey dress me up in soldier clothes
To go and fight mit Sigel.