On Campaign with the Army of the Potomac: The Civil War Journal of Theodore Ayrault Dodge

On Campaign with the Army of the Potomac: The Civil War Journal of Theodore Ayrault Dodge

by Stephen W. Sears
     
 

Theodore Ayrault Dodge (1842-1909) was the nineteenth century's greatest military historian and the author of biographies of Hannibal, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Gustavus Adolphus, and Napoleon. In 1862, he arrived on the Virginia Peninsula as a company officer in the 101st New York, a regiment reinforcing George B. McClellan's campaign against Richmond.

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Theodore Ayrault Dodge (1842-1909) was the nineteenth century's greatest military historian and the author of biographies of Hannibal, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Gustavus Adolphus, and Napoleon. In 1862, he arrived on the Virginia Peninsula as a company officer in the 101st New York, a regiment reinforcing George B. McClellan's campaign against Richmond. Here is the war as seen from the company-officer perspective, recorded by a young man of superior intellect who would become a leading historian of the Civil War generation. Although only some thirteen months of the war are detailed here, from the Peninsula through Gettysburg, where he lost a leg, they were critical months for the Union cause.

Editorial Reviews

America's Civil War Magazine
A splendid diarist's account of the war... . Combining detailed descriptions of camp life and battle, and excellently written, it is a most worthy addition to its genre.
Booklist
Whether he is passing judgement on superior officers, describing the everyday humdrum of soldier life, or pondering why he was fighting, Dodge's observations are unfailingly interesting. Filled with incisive observations and pennetrating commentary on subjects ranging from generalship to the political objectives of the conflict, this narrative is sure to enrich and inform our understanding of both the war and the men who fought it.
— Brooks D. Simpson
Civil War Book Review
With a helping hand from editor Stephen W. Sears, Dodge's account of life in the Army of the Potomac is one of the freshest to emerge in recent years...His description of life on the march and in camp is enlightening. His thoughts on the Seven Days' Battles and Burnside's infamous "Mud March" are refreshing, and his account of the Chancellorsville Campaign is first-rate. For today's readers, then, On Campaign with the Army of the Potomac is as significant a work as the author's acclaimed histories of the war were in their day.
— Eric Ethier
Concord Monitor
Under even the most trying conditions, Dodge kept his journal faithfully. His accounts of Chancelorsville and the march to Gettysburg, where he lost his right foot, are crisp and detailed. ... Dodge's journal also answers succinctly the questions modern readers would most want to ask him.
Forecast
A vivid, firsthand account of the Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815412663
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/15/2003
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen W. Sears is the widely acclaimed author of Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam, Chancellorsville, To the Gates of Richmond and George B. McClellan. He lives in Norwalk, Connecticut.

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