This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign: A Portrait in Command Evening Lecture/Seminar Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1H0636 Select Your Tickets Resize text Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States (Library of Congress) A critical component of Ulysses S. Grant’s rise from failed civilian businessman and alcoholic to leader of the victorious Union forces in the Civil War was his ability to communicate with subordinates. At the beginning of the war, though the Union was chronically short of trained, qualified officers, Grant at first received a position training Illinois volunteers rather than the field command he desired. But by autumn 1861 Grant was finally in command of his own force. He began a meteoric rise: conqueror of the vital Confederate stronghold at Vicksburg within two years; head of all the Union armies in three years; and victorious general of the nation’s bloodiest war in four years. Historian Christopher Hamner uses Grant’s often-overlooked 1864 Overland Campaign as an excellent window into his special gift for clear communication. As commander, Grant had to manage a team of officers spread across multiple theaters, including the Wilderness and Spotsylvania, where some of the war’s worst battles took place. Grant provided his lieutenants with plans that outlined precise goals for their operations while also affording them the latitude to exploit opportunities as they arose. His effectiveness as a commander and communicator proved crucial in driving the Union toward its overall victory the following year. Today, Grant’s orders are still used as models of clarity in American military education. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.