General Grant and the Verdict of History with Dr. Frank Varney

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6:00 pm

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Join fellow club members and their guests as we welcome back Frank Varney to The Club to talk about his new book General Grant and the Verdict of History, 2023.

General Ulysses S. Grant is best remembered today as a war-winning general, and he certainly deserves credit for his efforts on behalf of the Union. But has he received too much credit at the expense of other men? Have others who fought the war with him suffered unfairly at his hands? General Grant and the Verdict of Memoir, Memory, and the Civil War
explores these issues.

Professor Frank P. Varney examines Grant's relationship with three noted Civil War the brash and uncompromising "Fighting Joe" Hooker; George H. Thomas, the stellar commander who earned the sobriquet "Rock of Chickamauga"; and Gouverneur Kemble Warren, who served honorably and well in every major action of the Army of the Potomac before being relieved less than two weeks before Appomattox, and only after he had played a prominent part in the major Union victory at Five Forks.

Frank Varney earned his undergraduate degree at William Paterson University and his MA and Ph.D. at Cornell University. He regularly takes student groups to historic sites - especially Civil War battlefields - and makes frequent speaking appearances before Civil War roundtables, historical societies, and other interested groups; he has also been the keynote speaker at several veteran's memorials,.  He was a briefly-retired Distinguished Professor of History until he received an offer too good to refuse. Dr. Varney currently teaches US and Classical History at St. Michael's College in Vermont. He has written numerous articles, and is the author of General Grant and the Rewriting of History, 2013 and General Grant and the Verdict of History, 2023.

6:00pm reception; 6:30pm lecture, gratis. Advance registrations required.