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Horace Porter served as lieutenant colonel on Ulysses S. Grant's staff from April 1864 to the end of the Civil War. He accompanied Grant into battle in the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg campaigns, and was present at Lee's surrender at McLean's house. Throughout the war, he kept extensive notes that capture Grant's conversations, as well as his own observations of military life.

Porter's portrait of Grant is the most comprehensive first-hand account that we have. We see Grant as a soldier and hear in his own words the tactical evaluations that led to many of the war's key decisions. We also hear of Grant's dealings with Lincoln, of the close relationship between Sherman and Grant, and of Lee's noble bearing at his surrender. This is a stirring account of our country's most memorable conflict.

(P)1994 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great book, narrator not so good

The subject matter and flow of the book is good. It seems well researched compared to other works in the same vein. My problems was that the narrator is trying to read very fast, and for me it just doesn't work.

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Awful performance of this classic Civil War book.

This review is of the reading, not the classic book. Mr. Waterman RACES through this reading with little effort to impart the character of the work to the performance. He seems to actually be racing through the book. Runs out of breath from time to time and actually gasps to regain it. Terrible treatment of Horace Porters excellent and entertaining account of his time with U.S. Grant.

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Campaigning with Grant

This book covers primarily Grant's later military career, i.e.,the period of his 1864 Overland Campaign to the end of the Civil War. It shows all the marks of a book published in 1897 in that the language is a bit stilted for modern readers to completely enjoy. It also suffers from having been written by a hero-worshiping member of Grant's staff who tends to smooth over any weaknesses or failures that a modern historian would point out. Porter's coverage of Grant's performance at Cold Harbor is especially suspect.

The reader, Noah Waterman does a nice job for the most part with a good, flat Midwestern accent but does have some understandable difficulty with certain southern river names such as Totopotomoy and Mattaponi.
Additionally, he read the work rather rapidly for my tastes.