Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant

Their Epic Battle

by Garry Boulard



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/15/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781663244611
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781663244628

About the Book

In the spring of 1865, after the end of the Civil War and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, two men bestrode the national government as giants: Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant. How these two men viewed what a post-war America should look like would determine policy and politics for generations to come, impacting the lives of millions of people, North and South, black and white. While both Johnson and Grant initially shared similar views regarding the necessity of bringing the South back into the Union fold as expeditiously as possible, their differences, particularly regarding the fate of millions of recently-freed African Americans, would soon reveal an unbridgeable chasm. Add to the mix that Johnson, having served at every level of government in a career spanning four decades, very much liked being President and wanted to be elected in his own right in 1868, at the same time that a massive move was underway to make Grant the next president during that same election, and conflict and resentment between the two men became inevitable. In fact, competition between Johnson and Grant would soon evolved into a battle of personal destruction, one lasting well beyond their White House years and representing one of the most all-consuming and obsessive struggles between two presidents in U.S. history.

About the Author

Garry Boulard’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, among many other publications. He is the author of Andrew Johnson: The Renaissance of an American Politician (iUniverse, 2021); The Worst President–The Story of James Buchanan (iUniverse, 2015); and The Expatriation of Franklin Pierce–The Story of a President and the Civil War (iUniverse, 2006).