The Class of 1846

The Class of 1846


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The Class of 1846 by John C. Waugh

No single group of men at West Point--or possibly any academy--has been so indelibly written into history as the class of 1846. The names are legendary: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, George B. McClellan, Ambrose Powell Hill, Darius Nash Couch, George Edward Pickett, Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox, and George Stoneman. The class fought in three wars, produced twenty generals, and left the nation a lasting legacy of bravery, brilliance, and bloodshed.

This fascinating, remarkably intimate chronicle traces the lives of these unforgettable men--their training, their personalities, and the events in which they made their names and met their fates. Drawing on letters, diaries, and personal accounts, John C. Waugh has written a collective biography of masterful proportions, as vivid and engrossing as fiction in its re-creation of these brilliant figures and their pivotal roles in American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345434036
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/25/1999
Edition description: ILLUSTRATED
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 140,976
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

John C. Waugh is a veteran former newspaper correspondent and bureau chief of The Christian Science Monitor, who has since turned historical reporter. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Civil War Times Illustrated, The New Republic, The Nation, and numerous other national publications. He has served on the senior staffs of a Republican vice president and a Democratic US senator. A lifelong student of the Civil War, he is also the author of Reelecting Lincoln, published in 1998. He and his wife, Kathleen Lively, live in Arlington, Texas.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best civil war books ever written. It doesnt focus on battles, tatics, and what army moved where. Instead it provides a glimpse into the real people that were the major players in the War Between the States. The author is neutral when it comes to issues of morality, blame, and whether or not the war was just, instead giving us the views of the participants. A must read book for anyone curious about the hows and whys of American history.
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