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By Jeffrey Lash

ISBN-10: 087338766X

ISBN-13: 9780873387668

a political candidate became normal deals a serious exam of the turbulent early political profession and the debatable army provider of Stephen Augustus Hurlbut, an Illinois Whig, Republican baby-kisser, and northerly political normal who rose to contrast as a well known member of the Union excessive command within the West in the course of the Civil battle. although characteristically there are varied characterizations of these who exercised command in the course of the Civil struggle; "soldier-politician" and the "political generals"; Hurlbut was once considered as a "military politician." This booklet presents a massive learn of one other buddy and/or political supporter of Lincoln who rose to normal through the battle and won vital appointments after the struggle. this primary biography of Hurlbut chronicles the adolescence and the Civil warfare profession of 1 of Abraham Lincoln's prime army appointments. via exhaustive examine of fundamental and secondary assets, writer Jeffrey N. Lash identifies and evaluates the successes and screw ups of Hurlbut's generalship and strive against management, either as a box commander in Missouri in 1861 and as a department commander on the Battles of Shiloh and Hatchie Bridge in 1862. that includes new and unique study fabric and infrequent images of Hurlbut, Lash addresses why Hurlbut succeeded for thus lengthy after which eventually failed as an army flesh presser. He presents causes for Hurlbut's corrupt legitimate behavior as a put up commander in occupied Memphis and New Orleans from 1863 to 1865 and explains his hugely erratic and risky own habit, fairly in view of his habitually heavy consuming. Civil struggle students and armed forces historians will locate this a great addition to the literature of the warfare, Reconstruction, and postwar diplomacy.

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