The Civil War Generals: Comrades, Peers, Rivals-In Their Own Words

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The Civil War Generals offers an unvarnished and largely unknown window into what military generals wrote and said about each other during the Civil War era. Drawing on more than 170 sources—including the letters, diaries, and memoirs of the general officers of the Union and Confederate armies, as well as their staff officers and other prominent figures—Civil War historian Robert Girardi has compiled a valuable record of who these generals were and how they were perceived by their peers. The quotations within paint revealing pictures of the private subjects at hand and, just as often, the people writing about them—a fascinating look at the many diverse personalities of Civil War leadership. More than just a collection of quotations, The Civil War Generals is also a valuable research tool, moving beyond the best-known figures to provide contemporary character descriptions of more than 400 Civil War generals. The quotes range in nature from praise to indictment, and differing opinions of each individual give a balanced view, making the book both entertaining and informative. A truly one-of-a-kind compilation illustrated with approximately 100 historical photographs, The Civil War Generals will find a home not only with the casual reader and history buff, but also with the serious historian and researcher.

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The Civil War Generals is a unique look at more than 400 of the Union and Confederate generals who led the armies of the Civil War. Here, in their own words, are their impressions and assessments of each other. Whether they loved or hated each other, the generals were not shy about expressing their opinions of one another. The result is a multi-dimensional view of many of the war's most famous, and most obscure leaders. It is both fun to read as well as being a handy reference for those seeking to learn about the personalities of these men.

In compiling these quotations, I endeavored to provide the reader and researcher with some basic information about both the source and subject of the quotes. In every instance, I have provided the source and page number of the quotation. I wanted to make it easy for anyone seeking to read the full context to do so. More serious students will want to utilize the many splendid archival holdings of Civil War materials; for them, I hope this book will be a well-thumbed reference tool.

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Civil War Generals offers a treasure trove of firsthand accounts revealing what military generals thought and said about one another during this era of American history. Historian Robert I. Girardi has drawn on more than 170 sources, including letters, diaries, and memoirs, to compile a record of the personalities of four hundred Civil War generals and how they were perceived by their peers—as well as by their subordinates and prominent figures of the day, including Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. More than simply a collection of quotes, Civil War Generals provides a rich framework for understanding these men in the context of the greatest conflict in American history. In many cases, multiple perspectives describing the same general create a particularly nuanced view of the individual’s character and leadership. The remarks featured range from commendatory to sardonic and reproachful, occasionally both: “He was an excellent officer; cool, brave, and intelligent; he always did his duty admirably, and was an honest man.”—George B. McClellan on George G. Meade “It is to be regretted that any of his biographers should claim for him skill and grace as a horseman, when they have with truth so much of real greatness to tell of him.”—Dabney H. Maury on Stonewall Jackson “He looked like a highly independent mounted newsboy.”—Theodore Lyman on Francis C. Barlow “It is plain from Admiral Porter’s account that Banks is no general, has no military capacity, is wholly unfit for the position assigned him.”—Gideon Wells on Nathaniel P. Banks To put these compliments and criticisms into historical and cultural perspective, Girardi opens the book with an essay on leadership and the military during the Civil War as well as a chapter of quotations dedicated to observations on the nature of generalship. Additionally, a closing chapter of quotations that deal with multiple individuals or even entire groups provides a look at how these men were viewed in comparison to one another. With striking archival photographs and a roster of names both renowned and obscure, Civil War Generals is an enlightening and humanizing take on the colorful personalities that took part in greatest of American conflicts: the Civil War.

Author bio: Robert Girardi earned his master’s degree in public history from Loyola University. He is a past president of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago and the 2010 recipient of its prestigious Nevins-Freeman Award for the advancement of American Civil War scholarship and support for the Round Table movement. He is also the current vice president of the Salt Creek Civil War Round Table, a fellow of the Company of Military Historians, and a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society.
He has spoken to historical societies and Civil War groups all over the United States and has been interviewed on both radio and television. He is the author or editor of eight previous books, including The New Annals of the Civil War and Gettysburg in Art and Artifacts.

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Descrizione libro Zenith. 1 Cloth(s), 2013. hard. Condizione libro: New. Offering an unvarnished and fascinating perspective into what military generals wrote and said about each other during the Civil War era, Nevins-Freeman Award–winning historian Robert Girardi profiles more than 400 Union and Confederate generals through the words of those who knew them on the field: "He was an excellent officer; cool, brave, and intelligent; he always did his duty admirably, and was an honest man" (George B. McClellan on George G. Meade); "It is to be regretted that any of his biographers should claim for him skill and grace as a horseman, when they have with truth so much of real greatness to tell of him" (Dabney H. Maury on Stonewall Jackson); "He looked like a highly independent mounted newsboy" (Theodore Lyman on Francis C. Barlow)."Girardi's book is an excellent contribution to Civil War literature. The work lends itself to either being read straight through or reading quotes at random. The book will also serve as an excellent reference resource. Civil War buffs in particular will greatly enjoy this book."—ArmchairGeneral.com"Girardi provides an insightful look at 400 American Civil War generals as viewed by their contemporaries and prominent historical figures. While some of those profiled are well known, others are not, and the length of the entries reflects this. The text is divided into two sections, the Union and the Confederacy, and the generals are listed in alphabetical order. Included are 100 photographs of the generals that, along with the quotes, help to paint a more detailed picture of who these men were. Three excellent appendixes feature a list of the battles and generals involved, a general battle map and four battle-specific maps, and a 'Contributors' listing indicating the source of the quotes. A useful and easy-to-read resource for history buffs and general readers."—Library Journal 304. Codice libro della libreria 71379

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Descrizione libro Motorbooks International, United States, 2013. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Civil War Generals offers an unvarnished and largely unknown window into what military generals wrote and said about each other during the Civil War era. Drawing on more than 170 sources--including the letters, diaries, and memoirs of the general officers of the Union and Confederate armies, as well as their staff officers and other prominent figures--Civil War historian Robert Girardi has compiled a valuable record of who these generals were and how they were perceived by their peers. The quotations within paint revealing pictures of the private subjects at hand and, just as often, the people writing about them--a fascinating look at the many diverse personalities of Civil War leadership. More than just a collection of quotations, The Civil War Generals is also a valuable research tool, moving beyond the best-known figures to provide contemporary character descriptions of more than 400 Civil War generals. The quotes range in nature from praise to indictment, and differing opinions of each individual give a balanced view, making the book both entertaining and informative. A truly one-of-a-kind compilation illustrated with approximately 100 historical photographs, The Civil War Generals will find a home not only with the casual reader and history buff, but also with the serious historian and researcher. Codice libro della libreria AAS9780760345160

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Descrizione libro Motorbooks International, United States, 2013. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Civil War Generals offers an unvarnished and largely unknown window into what military generals wrote and said about each other during the Civil War era. Drawing on more than 170 sources--including the letters, diaries, and memoirs of the general officers of the Union and Confederate armies, as well as their staff officers and other prominent figures--Civil War historian Robert Girardi has compiled a valuable record of who these generals were and how they were perceived by their peers. The quotations within paint revealing pictures of the private subjects at hand and, just as often, the people writing about them--a fascinating look at the many diverse personalities of Civil War leadership. More than just a collection of quotations, The Civil War Generals is also a valuable research tool, moving beyond the best-known figures to provide contemporary character descriptions of more than 400 Civil War generals. The quotes range in nature from praise to indictment, and differing opinions of each individual give a balanced view, making the book both entertaining and informative. A truly one-of-a-kind compilation illustrated with approximately 100 historical photographs, The Civil War Generals will find a home not only with the casual reader and history buff, but also with the serious historian and researcher. Codice libro della libreria AAS9780760345160

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