New PDF release: A Politician Turned General: The Civil War Career of Stephen

Military History

By Jeffrey Lash

ISBN-10: 087338766X

ISBN-13: 9780873387668

a political candidate became common bargains a serious exam of the turbulent early political occupation and the arguable army provider of Stephen Augustus Hurlbut, an Illinois Whig, Republican flesh presser, and northern political normal who rose to contrast as a favourite member of the Union excessive command within the West throughout the Civil conflict. even though frequently there are various characterizations of these who exercised command in the course of the Civil battle; "soldier-politician" and the "political generals"; Hurlbut used to be considered as a "military politician." This booklet offers a massive research of one other pal and/or political supporter of Lincoln who rose to common throughout the battle and received very important appointments after the battle. this primary biography of Hurlbut chronicles the formative years and the Civil conflict profession of 1 of Abraham Lincoln's ideal army appointments. via exhaustive study of basic and secondary resources, writer Jeffrey N. Lash identifies and evaluates the successes and screw ups of Hurlbut's generalship and wrestle management, either as a box commander in Missouri in 1861 and as a department commander on the Battles of Shiloh and Hatchie Bridge in 1862. that includes new and unique study fabric and infrequent photos of Hurlbut, Lash addresses why Hurlbut succeeded for therefore lengthy after which eventually failed as an army flesh presser. He offers reasons for Hurlbut's corrupt reputable behavior as a put up commander in occupied Memphis and New Orleans from 1863 to 1865 and explains his hugely erratic and volatile own habit, fairly in view of his habitually heavy ingesting. Civil warfare students and armed forces historians will locate this a welcome boost to the literature of the battle, Reconstruction, and postwar diplomacy.

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