Drawing heavily on primary-source material, "The Boy General is the first full-length account of Francis Channing Barlow. One of the most successful combat officers in the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. Although his clean-shaven, youthful appearance earned him the nickname "the Boy General," his fighting capabilities resulted in ...
Drawing heavily on primary-source material, "The Boy General is the first full-length account of Francis Channing Barlow. One of the most successful combat officers in the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. Although his clean-shaven, youthful appearance earned him the nickname "the Boy General," his fighting capabilities resulted in frequent promotions and greater responsibilities. Born in October 1834 in Brookly, New York, Barlow's professional, military, and political careers were all in the service of his native state. Intelligent, ambitious, and confident, Barlow graduated as valedictorian of the 1855 Harvard class and launched a legal career in New York. When Lincoln sent out a call for volunteers following the bombardment of Fort sumter, Barlow dropped his practice and entered the U. S Army as a private. He transformed himself from a privileged young lawyer into one of the most formidable combat leaders produced by either side during the Civil War. Rising from private to major general, Barlow served in most major operations in Virginia and was increasingly entrusted with assignments of crucial importance to the success of Federal arms. He cleared out the deadly sunken road at Antietam, where he was badly wounded, and led a division at Gettysburg, where he suffered another serious wound. He and his men often spearheaded the Army of the Potomac's assaults during Grant's bloody Overland campaign. Following the war, Barlow resumed his law practive and entered the political arena. He served as New York attorney general in 1871 and as Grant's personal representative in the Florida recount following the contentious 1876 election. This book will be welcomed by Civil War historiansand buffs alike.
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This book is richly filled with the tale of a bitter war and the true character of a man as viewed by written words of those that served under him, his own words and those of relations to him by the writings that they left. This book details battles so vibrant that you can almost see the smoke and hear the roar of the cannons and feel every grimy mile of the way. The view of the war and the man isn't always pretty, pettyness as well as fearlessness sometimes seemed to go hand in hand. This book tells of Francis Barlow's vitality from pre war, early on and his genuine "will take on the world by storm" personality as displayed by the many ways he reacted, things he said and did and reviews of his life's relationships with his family, friends and those he fought against both in the war and politically. After the war times read about how he had cannons placed in his front yard to protect his second wife and newborn son from a person threatening political retributions and how his third child was born on the anniversary of his first wife's death. An excellant read.
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