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The Military Memoirs of General John Pope

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Union general John Pope was among the most controversial and
misunderstood figures to hold major command during the Civil War.
Before being called east in June 1862 to lead the Army of Virginia against General Robert E. Lee, he compiled an enviable record in Missouri and as commander of the Army of the Mississippi. After his ignominious defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run, he was sent to the frontier. Over the next twenty-four years Pope ...
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Overview

Union general John Pope was among the most controversial and
misunderstood figures to hold major command during the Civil War.
Before being called east in June 1862 to lead the Army of Virginia against General Robert E. Lee, he compiled an enviable record in Missouri and as commander of the Army of the Mississippi. After his ignominious defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run, he was sent to the frontier. Over the next twenty-four years Pope held important department commands on the western plains and was recognized as one of the army's leading authorities on Indian affairs, but he never again commanded troops in battle.
In 1886, Pope was engaged by the National Tribune, a
weekly newspaper published in Washington, D.C., to write a series
of articles on his wartime experiences. Over the next five years, in twenty-nine installments, he wrote about the war as he had lived it. Collected here for the first time, Pope's "war reminiscences" join a select roster of memoirs written by Civil War army commanders.
Pope presents a detailed review of the campaigns in which he
participated and offers vivid character sketches of such illustrious figures as Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. Clearly written and balanced in tone, his memoirs are a dramatic and important addition to the literature on the Civil War.

Originally published in 1998.

A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

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Editorial Reviews

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[The authors] have done General Pope a great service by letting Pope's letters, memoirs, and recollections speak for themselves.

North Carolina Historical Review

Readers willing to reconsider Pope will welcome the fresh perspective the book offers on his career.

Military History

An essential firsthand account to join the ranks of those of Sherman and Grant.

Kirkus Reviews

[A] valuable lens on a troubled time, and a new look at a troubled man.

John J. Hennessy, author of Return to Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807865248
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Series: Civil War America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Cozzens is a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State and the author of four highly acclaimed Civil War books.

Robert I. Girardi is a Chicago police detective, Civil War historian, and president of the Chicago Civil War Round Table.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 Missouri in 1861
1 The Rush to the Ranks 3
2 An Unpleasant Page of History 15
3 Quiet and Good Order Are of All Things Desirable 21
Pt. 2 New Madrid and Island No. 10
4 The Conduct of the Troops Was Splendid 43
Pt. 3 The Siege of Corinth
5 We Sauntered Along Slowly 61
6 Confederate Generals at Corinth 76
7 Federal Generals at Corinth 88
8 We Frittered Away Our Strength 105
Pt. 4 The Second Bull Run Campaign
9 Summoned East: I Was Most Reluctant to Leave 113
10 The Battle of Cedar Mountain: Always a Source of Regret 126
11 Leave Pope to Get Out of His Scrape 143
Pt. 5 Miscellaneous Recollections
12 Abraham Lincoln 173
13 The Mexican War and Washington in 1861 188
14 Prominent Confederates 205
15 West Pointers to the Front 210
Appendix A Postwar Correspondence between Pope and the Comte de Paris Pertaining to the Second Bull Run Campaign 217
Appendix B Pope's Memoirs in the National Tribune 239
Notes 243
Index 281
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