November 17, 2020

“General U.S. Grant and the Battle of Belmont”

– Thomas Arliskas

November 17, 2020

The Battle of Belmont was General Grant’s first battle when he was in direct command of troops on the ground, and which, in fact, haunted US Grant to his grave. Arliskas will present memories and articles that have never been seen or in print on Grant’s first Battle. We will discuss the Battle itself, the repercussions, the poor press releases, and how General US Grant almost faced a court martial for his action at Belmont.  Additionally, Arliskas will present how it was all tied to General John C. Fremont’s Western Command and how Fremont got the blame for Belmont and not Grant.   

An accomplished author of magazine articles and several books, Arliskas has served on the boards of the Company of Military Historians, the North-South Skirmish Association, a Regional Commander for the local N-SSA teams, and a member of the 29th Wisconsin Infantry N-SSA. He was past President of the Milwaukee Civil War Round-table.  He is retired and living in Milwaukee with his wife Terry.