Lincoln's Political Generals

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-07-29
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
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In this book, David Work examines Lincoln's policy of appointing political generals to build a national coalition to fight and win the Civil War. Work follows the careers of sixteen generals through the war to assess their contributions and to ascertain how Lincoln assessed them as commander-in-chief. Eight of the generals began the war as Republicans and eight as Democrats. Some commanded armies, some regiments. Among them were some of the most famous generals of the Union--such as Francis P. Blair Jr., John A. Dix, John A. Logan, James S. Wadsworth--and others whose importance has been obscured by more dramatic personalities.

Author Biography

David Work received his Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Necessity of the Timep. 1
Hunting for Generalsp. 6
The Opening Campaignsp. 26
The Campaigns of 1862p. 47
The Vicksburg Campaignp. 76
Battles in the West and the Eastp. 98
The Western Theater in 1864-65p. 121
The Eastern Theater in 1864p. 139
Quasi-Civil Supportp. 158
Slavery, Freedom, and Black Soldiersp. 184
Exerting Political Influencep. 202
Conclusionp. 227
Notesp. 235
Indexp. 277
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