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The military memoirs of General John Pope /
edited by Peter Cozzens and Robert I. Girardi.
imprint
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1998.
description
xviii, 287 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0807824445 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1998.
isbn
0807824445 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
2512176
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-280) and index.
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Newspaper articles by Union Gen. John Pope, collected for the first time, provide a detailed review of his campaigns and vivid character sketches of such illustrious figures as Lincoln and Stanton.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-04:
Often decried as the epitome of bombastic arrogance and incompetence, John Pope's Civil War career ended in humiliation when he was relieved of command after suffering defeat at Second Bull Run. That battle overshadowed his previous record as a military success and his subsequent service in various positions. In turn, the publication of his memoir (which first appeared in serial form between 1887 and 1891) offers a rather evenhanded (although still occasionally pointed) account of his wartime experiences, including revealing sketches of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and others. Assembled by Cozzens, author of numerous accounts of Civil War battles, and Girardi, president of the Chicago Civil War Round Table, this volume will make Pope's observations available to a wide audience. Historians and ardent students of the war will welcome Pope's discussion of lesser-known operations far more than his tiresome recitations of his complaints about his fellow generals, especially Fitz John Porter, at Second Bull Run--a useful reminder of how quarrelsome and abrasive Pope could be. Graduate, faculty. B. D. Simpson; Arizona State University
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An essential firsthand account to join the ranks of those of Sherman and Grant.Kirkus Reviews
An essential firsthand account to join the ranks of those of Sherman and Grant. Kirkus Reviews
[A] valuable lens on a troubled time, and a new look at a troubled man.John J. Hennessy, author ofReturn to Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas
[A] valuable lens on a troubled time, and a new look at a troubled man. John J. Hennessy, author of Return to Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas
Readers willing to reconsider Pope will welcome the fresh perspective the book offers on his career.Military History
Readers willing to reconsider Pope will welcome the fresh perspective the book offers on his career. Military History
[The authors] have done General Pope a great service by letting Pope's letters, memoirs, and recollections speak for themselves.North Carolina Historical Review
[The authors] have done General Pope a great service by letting Pope's letters, memoirs, and recollections speak for themselves. North Carolina Historical Review
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Summaries
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In 1886 General John Pope was commissioned to write a series of articles for the National Tribune on his wartime experiences. This collection contains his reminiscences and reviews of the campaigns in which he participated.
Long Description
Union general John Pope was among the most controversial and misunderstood figures to hold major command during the Civil War. Before being called east in June 1862 to lead the Army of Virginia against General Robert E. Lee, he compiled an enviable record in Missouri and as commander of the Army of the Mississippi. After his ignominious defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run, he was sent to the frontier. Over the next twenty-four years Pope held important department commands on the western plains and was recognized as one of the army's leading authorities on Indian affairs, but he never again commanded troops in battle.In 1886, Pope was engaged by theNational Tribune, a weekly newspaper published in Washington, D.C., to write a series of articles on his wartime experiences. Over the next five years, in twenty-nine installments, he wrote about the war as he had lived it. Collected here for the first time, Pope's "war reminiscences" join a select roster of memoirs written by Civil War army commanders.Pope presents a detailed review of the campaigns in which he participated and offers vivid character sketches of such illustrious figures as Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. Clearly written and balanced in tone, his memoirs are a dramatic and important addition to the literature on the Civil War.
Table of Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Missouri in 1861
The Rush to the Ranks
An Unpleasant Page of History
Quiet and Good Order Are of All Things Desirable
New Madrid and Island No. 10
The Conduct of the Troops Was Splendid
The Siege of Corinth
We Sauntered Along Slowly
Confederate Generals at Corinth
Federal Generals at Corinth
We Frittered Away Our Strength
The Second Bull Run Campaign
Summoned East: I Was Most Reluctant to Leave
The Battle of Cedar Mountain: Always a Source of Regret
Leave Pope to Get Out of His Scrape
Miscellaneous Recollections
Abraham Lincoln
The Mexican War and Washington in 1861
Prominent Confederates
West Pointers to the Front
Postwar Correspondence between Pope and the Comte de Paris Pertaining to the Second Bull Run Campaign
Pope's Memoirs in the National Tribune
Notes
Index
Maps
Northern Missouri in 1861
New Madrid and Island No. 10
Northern Virginia in 1862
Illustrations
Brigadier General John Pope, early 1862 / frontispiece
Brigadier General John Pope, a postwar image
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