Major General John Alexander McClernand: Politician in Uniform

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Kent State University Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 386 pages
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John A. McClernand was a leading Democratic congressman from Illinois who, in 1861, became a brigadier general in the Union army. Although a "political general, " McClernand proved himself on the battlefield until he ran afoul of Ulysses S. Grant and was relieved of his command of the Thirteenth Corps in 1863 during the Vicksburg campaign. Richard Kiper presents a balanced and sympathetic assessment of this highly controversial individual who served his country as soldier and statesman and sheds new light on the Union command system.
  

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Contents

FROM CONGRESSMAN TO GENERAL
1
A TASTE OF BATTLE
26
PENETRATING THE CONFEDERACY
58
INTO THE HEARTLAND
91
RETURN TO ILLINOIS
133
VICTORY IN ARKANSAS
156
PRELUDE TO VICKSBURG
186
SPRINGTIME IN MISSISSIPPI
219
END OF THE LINE
258
THE FINAL YEARS
291
NOTES
313
BIBLIOGRAPHY
365
INDEX
379
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Kiper is a retired lieutenant colonel (West Point, 1967) who earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Kansas. He has taught at West Point, at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and is presently at Kansas City Kansas Community Coll

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