This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer Slavery, Secession, and Redemption: The Story of Ulysses S. Grant Evening Lecture/Seminar Tuesday, December 12, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET Code: 1CV028 Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Select your Tickets $20 Member $25 Non-Member Resize text Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant by Constant Mayer Captain Ulysses S. Grant resigned from the U.S. Army after facing charges of excessive drinking in 1854. In 1864, he became general-in-chief of the army. How did this turnaround happen? Historian John Reeves says that Grant always had the latent abilities to be a skilled commander, and that he developed these skills while he was in the West at the beginning of the Civil War without the pressure faced by more senior commanders in the East. Grant was a true Westerner, and his experience in the West before and during the Civil War was central to his rise. Grant also grew in other ways. From 1861 to 1864, he went from being ambivalent about slavery to becoming one of the leading individuals responsible for freeing the slaves. He gradually realized that emancipation was the only possible outcome of the war that would be consistent with America’s founding values and future prosperity. Reeves’ book Soldier of Destiny: Slavery, Secession, and the Redemption of Ulysses S. Grant (Simon & Schuster) is available for purchase. Book Sale Information Purchase your copy of Soldier of Destiny: Slavery, Secession, and the Redemption of Ulysses S. Grant by John Reeves here. SPECIAL NOTE: Politics and Prose is offering a 10% discount to Smithsonian Associates ticket-holders. To claim your discount, enter the code SPECIAL10 (no space between letters and numbers) in the “Coupon discount” or “Comments” section on Politics and Prose's check-out page. General Information View Common FAQs and Policies about our Online Programs on Zoom.