Lincoln's Generals

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In Lincoln’s Generals, Gabor S. Boritt and a team of distinguished historians examine the interaction between Abraham Lincoln and his five key Civil War generals: McClellan, Hooker, Meade, Sherman, and Grant, providing fresh insight into this mixed bag of officers and the president’s tireless efforts to work with them.
 
The president’s relationship with his generals was never easy. Stephen W. Sears underscores McClellan’s perverse ...
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Overview


In Lincoln’s Generals, Gabor S. Boritt and a team of distinguished historians examine the interaction between Abraham Lincoln and his five key Civil War generals: McClellan, Hooker, Meade, Sherman, and Grant, providing fresh insight into this mixed bag of officers and the president’s tireless efforts to work with them.
 
The president’s relationship with his generals was never easy. Stephen W. Sears underscores McClellan’s perverse obstinacy as Lincoln tried to drive him ahead. Pulitzer Prize–winner Mark E. Neely Jr. sheds new light on the president’s relationship with Hooker, arguing that he was wrong to push the general to attack at Chancellorsville. Boritt writes about Lincoln’s prickly relationship with the victor of Gettysburg, “old snapping turtle” George Meade. Michael Fellman reveals the political stress between the White House and Sherman, a staunch conservative who did not want blacks in his army but who was crucial to the war effort. And John Y. Simon looks past the legendary camaraderie between Lincoln and Grant to reveal the tensions in their relationship. These authors take us inside the personalities and relationships that shaped the course of the nation’s most costly war.
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Editorial Reviews

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
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
Choice

“This is a splendid volume, highly recommended for all levels, from general readers to academic specialists.”—Choice
Choice

“This is a splendid volume, highly recommended for all levels, from general readers to academic specialists.”—Choice

Booklist

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

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

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803234543
  • Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Gabor S. Boritt, founder of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College and former Robert Fluhrer Professor of Civil War studies there, has authored, coauthored, or edited sixteen books about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War and received the National Humanities Medal in 2008. Today he serves on the boards of the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Lincoln and McClellan 1
2 Wilderness and the Cult of Manliness: Hooker, Lincoln, and Defeat 51
3 "Unfinished Work": Lincoln, Meade, and Gettysburg 79
4 Lincoln and Sherman 121
5 Grant, Lincoln, and Unconditional Surrender 161
Notes 199
For Further Reading: A Bibliography 225
Contributors 247
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