Posts Tagged with “Civil War”

Professor explores reasons Gen. Grant considered quitting the Army

June 6th, 2012

"Grant on the Edge" is Thom Bassett's latest installment in "Disunion," the New York Times' series on the Civil War.  In it, Bassett, a lecturer in Bryant's Department of English and Cultural Studies, explores the reasons Ulysses S. Grant was contemplating quitting the Army in June 1892, and the role William T. Sherman played in changing Grant's mind.

Bassett is writing a novel about Sherman and the burning of Columbia, S.C., in February 1865.

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The South, the War and Christian “slavery”

April 27th, 2012

"In the minds of many Southerners, the capture of New Orleans on April 25, 1862, by Union forces was more than simply a troubling military loss. It also raised the disturbing possibility that divine punishment was being inflicted on a spiritually wayward and sinful Confederacy," Thom Bassett writes in his latest contribution to the New York Times' "Disunion" series.


‘Birth of a demon’: A look at Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman

April 3rd, 2012

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Thom Bassett, a lecturer in the Department of English and Cultural Studies, is the author of "Birth of a Demon," the cover article of the spring issue of Civil War Monitor. The article examines some of the surprising contradictions of Civil War Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. 

In this podcast (10:10), Bassett (left) spoke with University Relations' Paul DeWolf about the famous leader of Union troops. On the one hand, Bassett tells DeWolf, Sherman had no problem applying the "hard hand of war" not only to Southern troops but Southerners themselves, leaving "in his wake civilians who were utterly terrorized." On the other hand, "as ruthless as his intentions were, there was a part of him that absolutely hated" the destruction left behind by his marches across the South.


Bryant prof examines Civil War general’s surprising attitudes toward the South

January 18th, 2012

Thom Bassett is a contributor to the New York Times' "Disunion" series, which "revisits and reconsiders" the Civil War — "America's most perilous period — using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded."