Lincoln's Lieutenants: The High Command of the Army of the Potomac

Lincoln's Lieutenants: The High Command of the Army of the Potomac

by Stephen W. Sears


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From the best-selling author of Gettysburg, a multilayered group biography of the commanders who led the Army of the Potomac

“A masterful synthesis . . . A narrative about amazing courage and astonishing gutlessness . . . It explains why Union movements worked and, more often, didn’t work in clear-eyed explanatory prose that’s vivid and direct.” — Chicago Tribune

The high command of the Army of the Potomac was a changeable, often dysfunctional band of brothers, going through the fires of war under seven commanding generals in three years, until Grant came east in 1864. The men in charge all too frequently appeared to be fighting against the administration in Washington instead of for it, increasingly cast as political pawns facing down a vindictive congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War.
President Lincoln oversaw, argued with, and finally tamed his unruly team of lieutenants as the eastern army was stabilized by an unsung supporting cast of corps, division, and brigade generals. With characteristic style and insight, Stephen Sears brings these courageous, determined officers, who rose through the ranks and led from the front, to life and legend. 
“[A] massive, elegant study . . . A staggering work of research by a masterly historian.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328915795
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 896
Sales rank: 238,176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

STEPHEN W. SEARS is the author of many award-winning books on the Civil War, including Gettysburg, Landscape Turned Red, and Chancellorsville, all winners of the Fletcher Pratt Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction viii

1 "Civil War Seems Inevitable…" 1

2 An Army for Battle 30

3 A New Army, a New Era 79

4 Quiet Along the Potomac 105

5 Grand Army, Grand Campaign 132

6 Toward the Gates of Richmond 177

7 The Seven Days 229

8 Summer of Discontent 275

9 "Little Mac Is Back!" 329

10 Wednesday, Bloody Wednesday 368

11 "An Auger Too Dull to Take Hold" 411

12 Trial on the Rappahannock 437

13 Joe Hooker in Command 467

14 Pennsylvania Showdown 519

15 A Contest of Little Purpose 579

16 "…There Is to Be No Turning Back" 620

17 To James River 660

18 Long Road to Appomattox 710

Epilogue 760

Acknowledgments 767

Notes 768

Bibliography 846

Illustration Credits 859

Index 860

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