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Description - Army Of The Potomac by Russell Beatie

The creation, development, and operations of the Army of the Potomac as experienced through the eyes of its commanders are studied in detail for the first time. There have been many studies of the generals who commanded the Union's victorious Army of the Potomac, but none has considered the corps, division, and brigade commanders (and their all-important staff officers) through the entire war--until now. Placing their actions in the social, political, military, and economic context of the day, this original and thought-provoking book examines in meticulous detail the command and performance of the brave and controversial officers of the Union's main fighting force. This study in command, the first of a multi-volume work, is based entirely on manuscript sources, many of which have never before been examined. As a result, the narrative and conclusions about the actions of many of the Union's prominent generals differ--often significantly--from traditional historical thinking. What emerges is a much different picture of these men and how their personalities influenced their command decisions and the political atmosphere that influenced and determined their military careers. The Army of the Potomac is about the leaders as men--their successes and failures commanding the Union's largest army.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306811418
ISBN-10: 0306811413
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 672
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Russell Beatie

Russel H. Beatie, a former army lieutenant, is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School. He has been a trial lawyer in New York City for almost four decades. He is the author of many articles about the Civil War and the book Road to Manassas.