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Lincoln's Political Generals
Author: David Work

ISBN: 9780252078613
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 17 December 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 598.3 x 397.1 x 2.3
Description:
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ÿAt the beginning of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln sought to bind important political leaders to the Union by appointing them as generals. The task was formidable: he had to find enough qualified officers to command a military that would fight along a front that stretched halfway across the continent. West Point hadn't graduated enough officers, and many of its best chose to fight for the Confederacy. Lincoln needed loyal men accustomed to organization, administration, and command. He also needed soldiers, and political generals brought with them their constituents and patronage power.ÿAs the war proceeded, the value of the political generals became a matter of serious dispute. Could politicians make the shift from a political campaign to a military one? Could they be trusted to fight? Could they avoid destructive jealousies and the temptations of corruption? And with several of the generals being Irish or German immigrants, what effect would ethnic prejudices have on their success or failure?ÿIn this book, David Work examines Lincoln's policy of appointing political generals to build a national coalition to fight ...

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