By John F. Marszalek
In the summertime of 1862, President Lincoln known as normal Henry W. Halleck to Washington, D.C., to take command of all Union armies within the demise fight opposed to the Confederacy. For the following turbulent years, Halleck was once Lincoln's leader conflict consultant, the fellow the President deferred to in all army concerns. but, although he used to be commanding common some distance longer than his successor, Ulysses S. provide, he's remembered purely as a failed guy, missed by means of posterity. within the first complete biography of Halleck, the prize-winning historian John F. Marszalek recreates the lifetime of a guy of large success who bungled his most crucial project. while Lincoln summoned him to the nation's capital, Halleck boasted impressive skills as an army theorist, a felony student, a courageous soldier, and a California entrepreneur. but within the thick of conflict, he could not make crucial judgements. not able to provide victory for the Union forces, he observed his energy develop into subsumed by way of Grant's emergent management, a loss that lead the way for Halleck's route to obscurity. Harnessing formerly unused examine, in addition to the insights of contemporary drugs and psychology, Marszalek finds the seeds of Halleck's deadly wartime indecisiveness in character characteristics and illnesses. during this very good dissection of a wealthy and disenchanted lifestyles, we achieve new realizing of ways the major judgements of the Civil struggle have been taken, in addition to perception into the making of potent army management.
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He included a call for a nationally trained militia, because he thought raising one was the only way to assure having a military force sufficient to counter all threats to American security. He also wrote a slim book called Bitumen that discussed the military use of asphalt. He countered a critique of the chief engineer’s recently published report by presenting a blizzard of technical details. Finally, in a professional military journal, he published an annotated bibliography of foreign military magazines, urging other officers to translate articles contained in them for publication in English.
60 Although only a cadet himself, Halleck had a major responsibility; he fulfilled the role of faculty member because there simply were not enough officers available to do the job. This burden did nothing to lessen his seriousness or his unhappiness with the other cadets. The military had told him by orders what he had always believed: that he was superior to these other frivolous young men. He was very pleased with his position. ” He was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers, the most prestigious branch assignment a West Pointer could receive.
He was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers, the most prestigious branch assignment a West Pointer could receive. 62 Normally June graduation meant a furlough for the newly commissioned officer before assignment to his first post. Such was not the case for Halleck. Granting him only a shortened leave (although he later insisted that he had never received any time off), the army ordered him, his friend Born to Gentility, Educated to Elitism 27 Jeremy Gilmer, and another graduate to remain at West Point on the teaching faculty.