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The Art of CommandMilitary Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell$
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Harry S. Laver and Jeffrey J. Matthews

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813174723

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813174723.001.0001

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Determination and Leadership

Determination and Leadership

Ulysses S. Grant

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The Art of Command

Harry S. Laver

University Press of Kentucky

As a young officer serving under Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott in the Mexican-American War, Ulysses S. Grant saw firsthand the difference a determined leader could make. He showed signs of a developing inner strength during those campaigns, but not until the Civil War did his own force of will become fully apparent. Through the Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Overland campaigns, General Grant made the conscious decision to drive on, to push himself and his men forward, and in each instance, his determination was rewarded with battlefield success. Ulysses S. Grant’s military career reveals the importance of a leader’s unremitting resolve in achieving critical objectives.

Keywords:   Determination, Leadership, Strength, Resolve, Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant

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