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William S. Rosecrans and the Union Victor: A Civil War Biography

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ISBN-13: 978-0786476244
ISBN-10: 0786476249
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David G. Moore has been a history guide for more than 30 years. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786476249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786476244
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert L. Johnson on January 10, 2015
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Thank you Mr. Moore. After years of reading many and various Civil War campaign history's in which William S. Rosecrans played a part left me wondering..." Why has this general been so over looked by history?" David Moore's book helps us understand how politics and jealousy played a huge part within the generalship of the Union army. I have read in the past how the rank and file of the Union army that served under Rosecrans loved him and was confused by how harshly he has been treated by historians. I always thought Stanton was to blame for what ultimately happen to Rosecrans. Sad to say, now I know it wasn't only Stanton. To be fair, Rosecrans was not perfect but much of his successes on the battlefield have been overshadowed by those who have been all too often quoted and sourced by current historians. This book, written in a clear and easy to read style is even handed and detailed enough to follow Rosecrans from battle to battle. Battles on the field against the Confederates and battles behind his back by foes he did not know about. I appreciate this book for shining a bright light on a man that should have been more appreciated, during his time as general and since then in the history books. Coupled with Frank Varney's book "General Grant and the Rewriting of history," a clearer picture of the historical judgment against Rosecran's and other Civil War generals such as Thomas and Warren is possible. This is a very readable and highly recommended book. I appreciate that our local library bought it upon my recommendation.
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A well written history. Author makes a strong argument promoting General Rosecrnas as the best general of the Civil War, but glosses over his ability to irritate his superiors by speaking his mind at all times.
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This is an essential read for anyone interested in in-depth analysis of the Civil War and its generals. Well-researched and thorough, I especially enjoyed the fascinating personal remembrances, letters, diary entries, etc. David Moore has done a good thing for General Rosecrans and the cause of truth and "downfall of iniquity".
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As elsewhere stated, this is a much-needed corrective, along with Frank Varney's General Grant and the Rewriting of History: How the Destruction of General William S. Rosecrans Influenced Our Understanding of the Civil War. Conjointly with a proficient biographical description of his subject, David Moore demonstrates that Rosecrans' accomplishments have been unduly denigrated, by none other than Ulysses S. Grant. But in an over-used construct, Grant's biographers and supporters claim that General Grant is the one unfairly condemned merely to build up other commanders, such as Rosecrans. In this way, the most deserving criticisms of Grant can be dismissed. To fairly determine what Rosecrans achieved during the conflict, one must strip away the persistent (but inaccurate) image that has been foisted upon him by Grant and his followers. This is what Mr. Moore has done here.

Although there are some inconsequential errors—which are unavoidable in any work of American Civil War history, given the plethora of contradictory sources and the like—Moore's thesis should readily serve as an effective antidote to the poisonous writings of Adam Badeau, Ulysses S. Grant, et al.
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