- Series: Modern War Studies
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Kansas; First Edition edition (June 19, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 070061589X
- ISBN-13: 978-0700615896
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9 inches
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Grant's Lieutenants: From Chattanooga to Appomatox (Modern War Studies) Hardcover – June 19, 2008
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"All of the essays in both volumes are worthy of the attention of both buffs and serious scholars of the Civil War."—Journal of Military History
"A useful collection of essays that are both well-selected and well-written. The volume will appeal to all those who are interested in military leadership, and it is heartily recommended. . . . The generals discussed in this volume range from the grossly incompetent to the extremely competent. The essays underscore the fact that in addition to fighting a worthy foe, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant often faced a great challenge in dealing with his own subordinate commanders."—On Point
"A very engaging collection of nine essays on 11 Union generals who numbered among Ulysses S. Grant’s lieutenants during the second half of the Civil War,. . . . Together, the essays provide a useful mosaic of the war’s second half, especially in the East, and illuminate generals figuring large, medium, and small in the conflict."—Civil War News
"These stimulating and insightful essays remind us of the collaborative nature of military command and help us appreciate how Grant persevered and ultimately prevailed in directing the Union armies to victory."—Brooks D. Simpson, author of Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity, 1822–1865
"A companion to Woodworth’s earlier collection of essays on top Union commanders that matches the high quality of the original. . . . Offers incisive analysis of the men Grant entrusted with execution of his strategic plans. Scholars and general readers will find much to ponder in this fine book."—Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Confederate War
"A fascinating and thought-provoking book."—Stephen D. Engle, author of Struggle for the Heartland: The Campaigns from Fort Henry to Corinth
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"These stimulating and insightful essays remind us of the collaborative nature of military command and help us appreciate how Grant persevered and ultimately prevailed in directing the Union armies to victory."--Brooks D. Simpson, author of Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity, 1822-1865
"A companion to Woodworth's earlier collection of essays on top Union commanders that matches the high quality of the original. . . . Offers incisive analysis of the men Grant entrusted with execution of his strategic plans. Scholars and general readers will find much to ponder in this fine book."--Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Confederate War
"A fascinating and thought-provoking book."--Stephen D. Engle, author of Struggle for the Heartland: The Campaigns from Fort Henry to Corinth
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As the editor of "Grant's Lieutenants," Steven E. Woodworth has done something very much similar. Picking up from where the first volume, "From Cairo to Vicksburg," left off, the second volume, "From Chattanooga to Appomattox," follows Ulysses S. Grant as he moves from the Western theater of operations to the Eastern theater, from his relief of the besieged city of Chattanooga Tennessee to accepting the surrender of Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Courthouse.
As with the first volume, this book is a collection of essays written by prominent historians. Each essay is a mini-biography, of one of Grant's subordinates and his relationship with them. Those of featured in the book, are William T. Sherman (making a 2nd appearance), George H. Thomas, George G. Meade, Franz Sigel, Benjamin F. Butler, David Hunter Lew Wallis, Horatio Wright, Philip H. Sheridan, Edward O. C. Ord and Henry Halleck. And the historians writing about them are John F. Marszaleck, Steven E. Woodworth, Ethan S. Rafuse, Earl J. Hess, Mark Grimsley, Benjamin F. Cooling, Steven E. Nash, and William B Feis.
Neither in the first, nor in the second volume, is there an essay dedicated to Ulysses S. Grant alone. Neither is there is no final essay tying all of the essays together. Mr. Woodworth has left his readers to put all the narrative pieces together and draw their own conclusions about the evolution of Grant's leadership style. Taken together both volumes form a biography in the round.
Woodworth's essay on George H. Thomas is one of the best things written about Thomas. In 24 pages, he provides a balanced portrait and covers the difficulties of his relationship with Grant. The considerable Thomas fan club will find much here to be upset over but this is one of the fairest looks at the man I have seen.
Ethan S. Rafuse looks at George G. Meade in the longest essay in the book. This is the critical relationship during this period and gets the required space. This excellent piece captures the contentious, friendly and often difficult relationship. This is very factual, devoid of sentiment or blame detailing the command structure that wins the war in Virginia.
Earl J. Hess covers the always-difficult Franz Sigel and Grant's immersion in ethnic politics. Benjamin Franklin Cooling provides a different perspective on Jubal Early's 1864 Raid and the North's response looking at Hunter, Wallace and Wright. This leads us into Steven E. Nash's excellent look at Philip H. Sheridan. Grant was not always right about people and William B. Feis gives us an example of this with Edward O. C. Ord.
Mark Grimsley contributes two excellent views given Benjamin F. Butler he made the case that Henry W. Halleck had to be included. After getting them to agree, he got the assignment to write it. The happy result is two excellent essays that fairly cover these difficult generals.
You will not find a detailed in-depth analysis in 20-pages. It is not possible to produce something readable in that short a space. What you have is an excellent overview of these men. While not highly detailed, nothing important is omitted and many secondary items are considered. Each author is a respected historian with deep knowledge of the subject and excellent writing skills. The result is an enjoyable, informative read that completes the series on a high note.