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A wide-ranging and comprehensive study of the commanders of the Union's Army of the Potomac, and their decisions. In this second volume of a multi-volume work, Russel Beatie continues his detailed study of the generals who commanded the Union's victorious Army of the Potomac. When the first volume appeared, Civil War News commended Beatie's monumental study, noting that "readers will find its thoroughness and extensive detail useful to their efforts to better understand the Union war effort. " This new survey of the war's first six months of fighting places the command decisions of the army's senior officers in the social, political, military, and economic context of their day. Thought-provoking and original (the book is based entirely on manuscript sources, many of which have never before been examined), Beatie's account and his conclusions about the actions of the Union's high command differ-often significantly-from traditional historical thinking. What emerges is a fresh understanding of these men and how their personalities influenced their command decisions, and the political atmosphere that influenced their military actions. The Army of the Potomac is about leaders as men-their successes and failures commanding the Union's largest army.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306812521
ISBN-10: 0306812525
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 153mm x 43mm)
Pages: 672
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 20-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Russel H. 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.

Books By Author Russel H. Beatie

Army of the Potomac by Russel H. Beatie

Army of the Potomac

Hardback, June 2002