By Philip Katcher

Whilst the battle among the States broke out in 1861, the united states military had in simple terms 4 line generals – and 3 of these have been over 70 years of age and veterans of the Napoleonic interval. approximately one in 3 of America's expert officials selected to serve the Confederacy, and the government's pressing have to locate commanders for its tremendously increased military placed stars at the shoulders of fellows of very different backgrounds and abilities. the rigors of conflict could quickly separate the born leaders from the over-promoted and the political opportunists. This moment quantity dedicated to Union generals examines the careers and personalities of 25 commanders whose carrier used to be regularly, or at the beginning, within the Western theater of struggle.

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For instance, the numbers at Lee’s disposal at the end of August 1862 rest on the basis of a return dated July 20, and in the meantime several regiments and batteries had been transferred elsewhere, while others had been added. I have done my best, however, to trace all such changes; and where officers and employed men are not included in the returns, I have been careful to add a normal percentage to the official totals. As regards Jackson’s place in history, my labours have been greatly facilitated by the published opinions of many distinguished soldiers—American, English, French, and German; and I have endeavoured, at every step, as the surest means of arriving at a just conclusion, to compare his conduct of military affairs with that of the acknowledged masters of war.

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