The Sword of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac

The Sword of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac

by Jeffry D. Wert
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The Sword of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac by Jeffry D. Wert

The Sword of Lincoln is the first authoritative single-volume history of the Army of the Potomac in many years.

From Bull Run to Gettysburg to Appomattox, the Army of the Potomac repeatedly fought — and eventually defeated — Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia. Jeffry D. Wert, one of our finest Civil War historians, brings to life the battles, the generals, and the common soldiers who fought for the Union and ultimately prevailed. The Army of the Potomac endured a string of losses under a succession of flawed commanders — McClellan, Burnside, and Hooker — until at Gettysburg it won a decisive battle under a new commander, General George Meade. Within a year the Army of the Potomac would come under the overall leadership of the Union's new general-in-chief, Ulysses S. Grant. Under Grant the army would finally trap and defeat Lee and his forces.

Wert's history draws on letters and diaries, some previously unpublished, to show us what army life was like. Throughout the book Wert shows how Lincoln carefully monitored the operations of the Army of the Potomac, learning as the war progressed, until he found in Grant the commander he'd long sought.

Perceptive in its analysis and compellingly written, The Sword of Lincoln is the finest modern account of the army that was central to the Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743225076
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 04/04/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Jeffry D. Wert is the author of eight previous books on Civil War topics, most recently Cavalryman of the Lost Cause and The Sword of Lincoln. His articles and essays on the Civil War have appeared in many publications, including Civil War Times Illustrated, American History Illustrated, and Blue and Gray. A former history teacher at Penns Valley High School, he lives in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, slightly more than one hour from the battlefield at Gettysburg.

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glauver More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey D. Wert is one of the best of this generation's Civil War historians. In this book he sets himself the ambitious task of supplanting Bruce Catton's three volume Amy of the Potomac history. I think he has done very well. Catton skimmed over some important battles in the army's history, notable the Seven Days and First Bull Run, while sometimes making side trips into the deeper meaning of the war. Wert writes a chronological narrative highlighting both privates and commanders. I can't say there is anything new or startling but it was time for a new account. He may not be as poetic as the former, but this book belongs alongside of Catton's volumes.
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No one likes to use worn-out words to describe an author's work, BUT, in this instance, I must say: This is one that I, simply 'could not put down!!' It is, by far, the best written analysis and description of the men who made up The Army of The Potomac, and their dedication and commitment to a cause!! The entire book is extremely 'well written'!! And, what I mean by that is, that Mr. Werts' chosen words are so well put together that you have a real feeling of actually being there in the times he is describing! His account of the Battle of Gettysburg, in this book, is in my opinion, the very, very best that I have ever read. In a word, Friends, you 'must pick this one up'!! Believe me, you wll not be able to 'put it down'!! Enjoy!!