Lincoln's Political Generals: The Battlefield Performance of Seven Controversial Appointees
By: Benton Rain Patterson (author)Paperback
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Lincoln's most controversial generals - his so-called "political generals" - were appointed, promoted or kept in service for political purposes without regard for their competence. "It seems but little better than murder," the Army's general in chief Henry Halleck protested, "to give important commands to such men." The book shows these seven generals - Butler, Banks, Sigel, Fremont, McClernand, Hurlbut and Wallace - in action, allowing readers to decide for themselves if Halleck was right in his withering assessment of Lincoln's political generals.
Formerly with the New York Times and the Saturday Evening Post, Benton Rain Patterson is an emeritus associate professor of journalism at the University of Florida.
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