The Sword of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 6, 2005 - History - 576 pages
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The Sword of Lincoln is the first authoritative single-volume history of the Army of the Potomac in many years.
From Bull Run to Gettysburg to Appomattox, the Army of the Potomac repeatedly fought -- and eventually defeated -- Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia. Jeffry D. Wert, one of our finest Civil War historians, brings to life the battles, the generals, and the common soldiers who fought for the Union and ultimately prevailed. The obligation throughout the Civil War to defend the capital, Washington, D.C., infused a defensive mentality in the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac. They began ignominiously with defeat at Bull Run. Suffering under a succession of flawed commanders -- McClellan, Burnside, and Hooker -- they endured a string of losses until at last they won a decisive battle at Gettysburg under a brand-new commander, General George Meade. Within a year, the Army of the Potomac would come under the overall leadership of the Union's new general-in-chief, Ulysses S. Grant. Under Grant, the army marched through the Virginia countryside, stalking Lee and finally trapping him and the remnants of his army at Appomattox.
Wert takes us into the heart of the action with the ordinary soldiers of the Irish Brigade, the Iron Brigade, the Excelsior Brigade, and other units, contrasting their experiences with those of their Confederate adversaries. He draws on letters and diaries, some of them previously unpublished, to show us what army life was like. Throughout his history, Wert shows how Lincoln carefully oversaw the operations of the Army of the Potomac, learning as the war progressed, until he found in Grant the commander he'd long sought.
With a swiftly moving narrative style and perceptive analysis, The Sword of Lincoln is destined to become the modern account of the army that was so central to the history of the Civil War.
  

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Review: The Sword of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

A good overview of the Army of the Potomac that was part of the Union Army that fought the Confederates during the Civil War. It describes the battles that were fought as well as the leadership of the generals who led the men in battle. Read full review

Review: The Sword of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac

User Review  - Doug May - Goodreads

I learned a lot about battlefield tactics. There are some interesting portraya ls of generals in here . If you're looking for an entre into civil war battles this is it . Probably not my cup of tea but it is interesting to note Read full review

Contents

Chapter One Things Look Very Mutch Like War
1
Chapter Two Bloody Sabbath at Bull Run
16
Chapter Three An Army Born
32
Chapter Four To the Peninsula
52
Chapter Five Along the Chickahominy
74
Chapter Six If We Were Defeated the Army and the Country Would Be Lost
98
Chapter Seven McClellan Has the Army with Him
126
Chapter Eight Behold a Pale Horse
142
Chapter Twelve Big Fight Some Wears Ahead
259
Chapter Thirteen An Army of Lions
274
Chapter Fourteen Virginia Interlude
310
Chapter Fifteen This War Is Horrid
333
Chapter Sixteen A Sit Down Before the Wall of Petersburg
368
Chapter Seventeen I Never Seen a Crazier Set of Fellows
392
Abbreviations
417
Notes
421

Chapter Nine The Armys Saddest Hour
174
Chapter Ten Winter of Transition
205
Chapter Eleven God Almighty Could Not Prevent Me from Winning a Victory
231
Bibliography
497
Index
535
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Jeffrey D. Wert is the author of eight previous books on Civil War topics, most recently Cavalryman of the Lost Cause and The Sword of Lincoln. His articles and essays on the Civil War have appeared in many publications, including Civil War Times Illustrated, American History Illustrated, and Blue and Gray. A former history teacher at Penns Valley High School, he lives in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, slightly more than one hour from the battlefield at Gettysburg.

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