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  2. Ozzy

    Terminology from French

    At the beginning of the 19th Century, Napoleon was seen as "the greatest military leader of recent times," and French was naturally the language to be learned in order to facilitate the study of Napoleon and his strategy and tactics. In the process, French terms for military ranks, units, movements, weaponry, etc were reaffirmed as "the correct terms" for universal understanding (and new French terms were incorporated into American military terminology.) The following link: a publication provided to American soldiers deployed to Europe in 1917 (with attention being directed to French Military Terms on pages 7 - 16.) https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.$b260555;view=1up;seq=5 French for the Army and Navy (1917). [And for a brief discussion of how French military tactics influenced the course of instruction at West Point: https://www.historynet.com/french-lessons-west-point.htm French Lessons at West Point, initially taught by Francis De Masson from 1803 - 1812 and making certain that military terms such as bastion, glacis and abatis were incorporated, and followed later by empennage, fuselage, nacelle, and aileron (when the airplane entered service.]
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  4. Ozzy

    Do You Know Grant?

    Mona Cadets at West Point were provided with training to make accurate sketches and maps, quickly. But U.S. Grant may have possessed more talent than the average cadet: https://mostinterestingfacts.wordpress.com/2009/05/22/ulysses-s-grant-artist/ (Example of artwork created by Grant at West Point.)
  5. mona

    Do You Know Grant?

    Also..Grant was a pretty good artist.
  6. Ozzy

    Do You Know Grant?

    During this "quiet season," here are a few more bits of wit attributed to U. S. Grant: General Grant was asked, "What would you have done with Gideon Pillow if you had captured him at Fort Donelson?" The General pondered, then replied, "Why, I would have turned him loose, of course. It's much better for us to have Pillow in command of Rebels, than tucked away as a prisoner." "What is your favorite music, General?" someone asked Grant. The question caught Ulysses S. Grant (a man who believed "music" was one of the triggers for migraine headache) momentarily off guard. "I have no ear for music," he replied. "In fact, I only know two tunes: one is "Yankee Doodle," and the other isn't." U.S. Grant was the first United States President to play golf... but not very well. During one outing, he is reported to have swung at the ball -- and missed -- more than he made contact. When asked afterwards, "What do you think of golf, General Grant?" the President replied, "Very good exercise," and nodded. "But, I fail to see the purpose of the little ball."
  7. mona

    Do You Know Grant?

    i was referencing Grant titles by Smith,Kaltman and McFeely for help but had to go to grant himself for a couple...Had to answer in bits and pieces in between work..cant believe somebody else didnt jump in and finish before I found the answers.
  8. Ozzy

    Shelby Foote

    Mona The 1983 Shelby Foote interview is mentioned on google in the following format: MPB Classics: Postscripts: Shelby Foote -- A 1983 conversation with Mississippi author and historian Shelby Foote and will be broadcast at 4:30 pm on Wednesday 9 JAN 2019: https://www.tvpassport.com/tv-listings/stations/pbs-mississippi-public-broadcasting/2200 (scroll down to 4:30 pm.) [Note: On closer examination, the "tvpassport.com" site automatically converted to Adelaide Time, so 4:30 was Australia Central Daylight Savings Time... which was over four hours ago. Don't know when Mississippi Public Broadasting intends to run the programme again...]
  9. mona

    Shelby Foote

    This was an interesting interview..and Ive always loved to hear him speak..maybe go to Mississippi Public Broadcast TV and look for pod cast there...
  10. Ozzy

    Shelby Foote

    Review of Shelby Foote’s Shiloh: a novel This work was encountered while searching for YouTube recordings of Shelby Foote. And being a work of fiction, the time required to read it was weighed against the probable value of investing that time… but Shelby Foote’s Shiloh was read, anyway. If ever there was a book that epitomized, “Don’t judge me by my cover,” this is it. Being a work of “fiction,” author Foote uses observant characters – men who could have existed, but did not – to tell their stories, and relate the experiences of their comrades, much in the same way James Michener unfolded his sweeping sagas. And being a work of fiction, Shiloh: a novel presents a collection of vignettes, told by five different combattants and one squad of soldiers, presented chronologically, relating what Foote believed to be “the most important aspect of Battle of Shiloh taking place at that time.” Lieutenant Metcalfe begins the story, telling the experience of Confederate troops marching north from Corinth (and along the way, Albert Sidney Johnston and PGT Beauregard are described through interactions.) Captain Fountain, Adjutant of the 53rd Ohio, picks up the story where Metcalfe leaves off, and introduces Colonel Jesse Appler and General W.T. Sherman. A private belonging to the 6th Mississippi describes his unit’s tragic advance against Sherman’s division; and a gunner from Munch’s Minnesota Battery describes that unit’s participation in the fighting (and why he “lost his nerve, and joined the stragglers fleeing for the Landing, just before the Hornet’s Nest surrendered.”) Sergeant Polly, a scout serving with Colonel Forrest’s Cavalry, describes the aftermath of the surrender of Prentiss; Beauregard calling a halt to offensive action with the arrival of night; and observing the arrival of Buell; and trying to get “someone in authority” to take action before Grant’s Army is reinforced. A twelve-man squad of Indiana troops, belonging to Lew Wallace’s division, describes the fight on Day Two. (And there is a description of the action at Fallen Timbers.) A comprehensive telling of The Battle, 240 pages long, it is well worth the time invested to read Shelby Foote’s Shiloh: a novel. https://archive.org/details/shilohanovel012435mbp/page/n6 Shiloh: a novel by Shelby Foote (1952).
  11. Ozzy

    Shelby Foote

    Mona The following link is to the Worldwide Library Catalogue, OCLC (which indicates the 1983 Shelby Foote interview is available at many libraries as VHS tape.) Tried finding the interview on YouTube, but no luck, so far. https://www.worldcat.org/title/shelby-foote/oclc/12327811
  12. mona

    Shelby Foote

    I wanted to let you know that this evening 1-7-19 @8:30 CST on Mississippi Public Broadcast TV will air an 1983 interview with Mr Foote. Also I heard an interview on radio while driving--Could not write man's name down...but the topic was on mississippi authors in early 1900's. The tale goes that Shelby Foote got into a bit of trouble in school and was suspended a week .His parents sent him to this gentleman's fine home and he then sat him down in his library and told him his punishment was to stay there and read the entire week. ..I didnt know where else to place this topic.
  13. Ozzy

    Do You Know Grant?

    Grant’s Little Jokes For the past year or two, every instance of a joke or funny story attributed to U.S. Grant has been recorded as it was encountered; not as productive a venture as might be supposed, because General Grant projected an image, a presence, of “serious, no-nonsense gravitas.” Grant appeared “too busy to be funny; too seriously engaged to allow humor to color his simply-business, deadly serious professional conduct.” While preparing this discussion paper, the following assertion of Grant’s humor emerged: https://warstoriescast.com/2017/10/24/library-conversation-with-dr-john-marszalek/ Worth a read to get someone else’s take on the subject. Meanwhile, here are jokes and funny stories attributed to Ulysses S. Grant: · “You can’t march through that swamp, Jacob Ammen. I will send transports for you next week [to ferry you across from Hamburg Landing to Hamburg, after you and your men complete a 12-mile march.]” · “There is a water battery. Study it well.” – Said to Surgeon John Brinton during trip up Cumberland River aboard towboat W.H.B. in response to Brinton’s question, “What is a water battery?” And smacks of “Get me a left-handed monkey wrench.” · Allowing Brigadier General William Tecumseh Sherman to persist in calling his force “the First Division,” knowing that conduct would irritate Brigadier General John McClernand, in command of the original First Division. · The initiation and continuance of “the Shell Game” at Pittsburg Landing (claiming General C.F. Smith was still “at Pittsburg Landing,” but “just temporarily absent due to illness” in order to install W.T. Sherman as “acting commander of the campground.”) The joke was at the expense of John McClernand… again. · “General Grant intends to give you the opportunity to be shot in every important move” – Grant to Lew Wallace, via aide William Hillyer, following the success (at the cost of Wallace disregarding orders) at Fort Donelson. · In Missouri in 1861, General Grant advanced his troops and in process, heard about a local woman, Mrs. Selvidge, renowned for her home cooking. But when Grant fronted up to the cook’s home, he was told by her that, “She could not prepare a meal for the General because a squad of his cavalry had visited earlier, and cleaned her out – ate everything she had, except for a pie.” The General had a look at the pie, handed Mrs. Selvidge fifty cents, and turned to depart. “Aren’t you going to take your pie?” asked the cook. “Oh, no. Hold onto it for me.” And General Grant mounted his horse and took his departure. At his new headquarters, Grant determined the identity of the cavalry unit, and sent its commander the following order, just before midnight: “Having visited Mrs. Selvidge and eaten almost everything she had, except for one pie, you will depart immediately for Mrs. Selvidge’s and eat that pie, too.” · After enjoying success at Fort Donelson, Grant “knew” that the next logical step was occupation of Nashville. And he was disheartened by delay and procrastination, most revealed by Brigadier General Don Carlos Buell, who asserted, “The Rebels may have departed, but they have every intention of returning to Nashville” – a claim that newly minted Major General Grant did not believe. But, in “showing his acceptance of Buell’s claim,” Grant pressed upon Buell the offer of BGen C.F. Smith’s division, in order to secure Union possession of Nashville… and he had Buell put that request in writing… and then sent Smith from Clarksville to Nashville. Rbn3 in a post of 3 MAR 2017 offers the following: “Undistinguished and often shabby in appearance, Ulysses S. Grant did not recommend himself to strangers by looks. He once entered the Desoto House at Galena, Illinois, on a stormy winter's night. A number of lawyers, in town for a court session, were clustered around the fire. One looked up as Grant appeared and said, "Here's a stranger, gentlemen, and by the looks of him he's travelled through hell itself to get here." "That's right," said Grant cheerfully. "And how did you find things down there?" "Just like here," replied Grant, "lawyers all closest to the fire."
  14. Ozzy

    Do You Know Grant?

    Mona Well Done! All answers correct. And now a confession about this quiz: my daughter gave me a Civil War biography for Christmas. All of the seven above traits and factoids IRT U.S. Grant are contained in Ron Chernow's "Grant" (2017). Again, good work, Mona: persistence pays. Ozzy
  15. mona

    Do You Know Grant?

    5...Julia...after she saw this picture she didnt like the "two storied" beard appearance and also disapproved of his hat..that even to me ..seems a size or two too same.
  16. mona

    Do You Know Grant?

    #3-Mathematics
  17. mona

    Do You Know Grant?

    #4 Missouri
  18. Ozzy

    Do You Know Grant?

    Mona Thanks for having a look and attempting this General Grant quiz. Your answers, so far: #1 Grant did indeed find himself appointed to West Point from Ohio... although he had to undergo a "name change" from H. U. Grant to Ulysses S. Grant in order to accept the appointment. For the rest of his life, U. S. Grant found curious pleasure in responding to questions IRT his name with "whatever answer the questioner would accept" as accurate: sometimes he "did not want the initials H.U.G. due to likelihood of hazing" and sometimes "the S stood for Simpson, his mother's maiden name." He got his nickname -- Sam -- from a shortened version of the interpretation of U.S. Grant (where U.S. was deemed to represent "Uncle Sam," eventually shortened to Sam.) Ultimately, Grant admitted that the S which stood in place of his middle name "stood for nothing." #2 Buena Vista, the "most significant battle of the War with Mexico" ...and Grant was not there. From my read of Grant, when discussing this aspect of his military service, there was a twinge of regret that "he'd missed the big one." Similarly, Sherman and Ord did not brag up their Mexican War service, having spent the war in California. #6 California beckoned to U.S. Grant, but events beyond his control stifled that dream. #7 Migraine headache and U.S. Grant: the General in his Memoirs makes almost as much mention of "not touching alcohol" as admitting "he got sick headaches" (only the one headache before Lee surrendered at Appomattox is admitted.) There is proof, mostly found in letters, that General Grant suffered from migraine every three or four months (although Julia indicates he got one every three or four weeks, for which she would apply the treatment of mustard and compresses, as you make mention.) However, there are also sources that record, "a physician prescribed brandy to General Grant for the treatment of migraine." So far, so good... only three answers remaining 🙂
  19. mona

    Do You Know Grant?

    #6 California
  20. mona

    Do You Know Grant?

    #2 Buena Vista
  21. mona

    Do You Know Grant?

    #1--Ohio
  22. mona

    Do You Know Grant?

    #7---False..yes Grant did suffer with terrible migranes but alcohol was never used. He opted for mustard plasters and treatment like this.The migrane attacks did render him down and out which may have fulled the talk of drinking to point of passing out..but it was the migranes that laid him out.Also ,he contracted malaria in 1852 while in Isthmus of Panama and this condition also puts one to bed and even after"recovery" flare ups do return.So either medical condition or both arising at the same time would really prostrate him to sick bed.
  23. mona

    Most important times

    Right..I didnt put all this in my comment.I guess Grant thought he didnt want that valuable timepiece to become lost/captured.
  24. Ozzy

    Do You Know Grant?

    Welcome to 2019... and your first quiz of the year. These seven questions relate to Ulysses S. Grant, well before Battle of Shiloh: Hiram Ulysses Grant was appointed to West Point, Class of 1843, from which State? Grant, when describing his Mexican War service, claimed to have been involved in every major battle, except one. Which one? While courting Julia Dent, Ulysses Grant seriously considered leaving the U.S. Army and pursuing a career as educator at university. What subject did Grant intend to teach? In which slave State did Grant and his family reside, prior to the Secession Crisis? General Grant's appearance at Belmont. Who suggested he trim his beard? If poverty, and the Civil War, had not interfered, in which State did U.S. Grant have hopes of settling in and raising his family? True of False. Ulysses S. Grant, who suffered frequent migraine headaches, was prescribed brandy as treatment for those headaches.
  25. Ozzy

    Most important times

    Stan Part of the difficulty with tracking troop movements during Battle of Shiloh -- USA and CSA -- results from lack of a standardized time. Although the U.S. Navy (in form of two timberclads) possessed highly accurate Time, no use of that Time was made by the U.S. Army (content with setting watches by "meridian passage" i.e. "high noon.") Probably, Confederate soldiers set their time pieces by meridian passage, too. It would be possible to "backward engineer" one correct time for actions and movements during Battle of Shiloh... except, allowance would still be necessary for "estimated time" and "fabricated time" (such as "Grant's arrival on Sunday morning at Pittsburg Landing.") Perhaps, a challenge too immense... Regards Ozzy
  26. Ozzy

    Most important times

    Mona In a Letter dated 3 APR 1862 to wife Julia, General Grant indicated "he sent his watch (an heirloom from his brother, Simpson) home, in trust of Mr. Safford of Cairo Illinois" [Papers US Grant, vol. 5 pages 7 - 8.] Although General Grant had sent for a replacement (a plain, silver watch) there was no opportunity for that timepiece to arrive before Battle of Shiloh. Cheers Ozzy
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