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Union General John A. McClernand and the Politics of Command
     

Union General John A. McClernand and the Politics of Command

by Christopher C. Meyers
 

John A. McClernand was a career politician, and those ambitions and qualities continued during his Civil War service. A member of the Illinois General Assembly and a U.S. Representative for 10 years, McClernard was connected to other prominent figures of the time such as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. However, he is best known for his rivalry with Gen.

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John A. McClernand was a career politician, and those ambitions and qualities continued during his Civil War service. A member of the Illinois General Assembly and a U.S. Representative for 10 years, McClernard was connected to other prominent figures of the time such as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. However, he is best known for his rivalry with Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, and this biography balances McClernard’s political career with his military leadership and his place in the Union command structure.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist/RBB
Well-grounded debating points
Booklist
supplies buffs with well-grounded debating points
H-Net Reviews
breathes life into the wilting field of Civil War military biography...promises to make historians pause and reflect upon the untold importance of McClernand as a meteoric figure of the Civil War
Reference & Research Book News
"presents a biography of this notoriously arrogant and ill-tempered Illinois politician and Civil War general. Arguing that McClernand's real value to the Union Military cause lay in his prominence as a Democratic party politician and his ties to Stephen Douglas, this work examines his pre-war political career in order to create a more balanced portrait of the general and to discuss the ways in which McClernand politicized the war. The volume includes numerous black and white photographs and maps"
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“supplies buffs with well-grounded debating points”—Booklist; “breathes life into the wilting field of Civil War military biography...promises to make historians pause and reflect upon the untold importance of McClernand as a meteoric figure of the Civil War”—H-Net Reviews; “presents a biography of this notoriously arrogant and ill-tempered Illinois politician and Civil War general. Arguing that McClernand’s real value to the Union Military cause lay in his prominence as a Democratic party politician and his ties to Stephen Douglas, this work examines his pre-war political career in order to create a more balanced portrait of the general and to discuss the ways in which McClernand politicized the war. The volume includes numerous black and white photographs and maps”—Reference & Research Book News.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786459605
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/11/2010
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher C. Meyers is professor of American history at Valdosta State University. He has contributed articles to The Georgia Historical Quarterly, The Journal of Southwest Georgia History, Columbiad and edited a volume on Georgia history.

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