Lincoln's Generals

Lincoln's Generals

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by Gabor S. Boritt
     
 

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The Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College and four other noted historians examine the interaction between Lincoln and five of his key generals: McClellan, Hooker, Meade, Sherman, and Grant. Breaking down stereotypes of Lincoln and his commanders, this breakthrough volume take us directly inside the relationships that shaped the Civil War.

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The Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College and four other noted historians examine the interaction between Lincoln and five of his key generals: McClellan, Hooker, Meade, Sherman, and Grant. Breaking down stereotypes of Lincoln and his commanders, this breakthrough volume take us directly inside the relationships that shaped the Civil War.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YA-A collection of five essays presented at the 1993 Gettysburg Civil War Institute. The first three consider and measure Lincoln's skill as a military strategist, including his frustration with his generals' lack of aggressive, offensive attacks and his final decision to remove McClellan, Hooker, and Meade from command. Stephen Sears's essay depicts McClellan as a complex, talented man who delivered a very flawed performance as Commander of the Army of the Potomac. The influence of the political situation on him and the president is discussed. Michael Fellman emphasizes Sherman's differences with Lincoln in personality and in attitudes toward slavery, blacks in the military, and the Union's approach to reconstruction of the defeated Confederate states after the war. These lucid essays will serve as excellent resources on any of the men under discussion.-Clodagh Lee, Pohick Regional Library, Burke, VA
Gilbert Taylor
If you live near Gettysburg, as does editor Boritt, you write about Father Abraham and commission others to do likewise, piling ever higher the interpretive literature on the savior of the Union. So much of that pile is dross, but thankfully, as with this set of five essays, some is golden. The subjects are McClellan, Hooker, Meade, Sherman, and Grant; the interpreters, Stephen Sears and Mark McNeely (both top-notch Civil War historians) plus three lesser but no less concise lights in the field. Overall, these authors refine, rather than define anew, the standard perceptions about the generals' relationship with their commander. As a long bibliographic essay hints, the writers are sitting atop evolving interpretations of, for example, the Little Napoleon's "slows," the blame for the Chancellorsville defeat, why Meade didn't "bag" Lee after the Gettysburg battle, and the secret to Grant's success. That success came from eschewing politics, according the author John Simon, a lesson Sherman didn't heed (which maybe explains his contempt for politicians). Yup, in one way or another, all five officers learned who was boss.
Choice

“This is a splendid volume, highly recommended for all levels, from general readers to academic specialists.”—Choice
David Herbert Donald
"Fascinating and provocative. . . . Each of these gracefully written and intelligently argued essays is a little gem."

-David Herbert Donald, author of Lincoln

Book-of-the Month Club News

“Full of unexpected portraits and anecdotes, Lincoln’s Generals gives us a surprising glimpse of Lincoln himself as a leader often more astute in his strategic assessments than the professional soldiers who fought this war.”—Book-of-the-Month Club News
Booklist

"So much of that pile [of Civil War books] is dross, but this [one] is golden."--Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198024651
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/12/1995
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Gabor S. Boritt is Director of the Civil War Institute and Fluhrer Professor at Gettysburg College. His books include Lincoln and the Economics of the American Dream and Lincoln, the War President: The Gettysburg Lectures.

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