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General John Pope : a life for the nation / Peter Cozzens.

By: Cozzens, Peter, 1957-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2000Description: xii, 412 p., [14] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0252023633 (alk. paper); 9780252023637 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Pope, John, 1822-1892 | Generals -- United States -- Biography | United States. Army -- Biography | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- CampaignsDDC classification: 973.7/092 | B Review: "Ambitious and outspoken, John Pope was one of the most controversial figures to hold high command during the Civil War, Reconstruction, and in the American West. General John Pope: A Life for the Nation is the first full biography of this much maligned leader who played crucial roles in both the Eastern and the Western Theaters of the Civil War." "Civil War scholar Peter Cozzens has mined Pope's own memoirs and a wealth of other primary sources to provide a complete picture of this gifted strategist. Uncovering new information about Pope's pre- and postwar career and his path to power, Cozzens delineates the political environment that surrounded Pope and provided the context for his actions."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 385-403) and index.

"Ambitious and outspoken, John Pope was one of the most controversial figures to hold high command during the Civil War, Reconstruction, and in the American West. General John Pope: A Life for the Nation is the first full biography of this much maligned leader who played crucial roles in both the Eastern and the Western Theaters of the Civil War." "Civil War scholar Peter Cozzens has mined Pope's own memoirs and a wealth of other primary sources to provide a complete picture of this gifted strategist. Uncovering new information about Pope's pre- and postwar career and his path to power, Cozzens delineates the political environment that surrounded Pope and provided the context for his actions."--BOOK JACKET.

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Most students of American history remember John Pope only as one of several mismatched Union commanders decisively defeated by Robert E. Lee, and so he was at Second Bull Run in 1862. But Cozzens (US Dept. of State) shows in this finely balanced biography that there was more to Pope's life. He reintroduces readers to a talented man with big strengths and big weaknesses whose ambition and overbearing personality were his worst enemies. Pope quickly made a name for himself with his capture of Island No. 10, but he just as quickly disgraced himself at Second Bull Run. Banished to the western frontier, he restored his tarnished reputation somewhat by directing victories over the Souix and Southern Plains Indians and becoming recognized as a leading authority on Indian affairs. The most interesting sections of the book include a detailed analysis of federal leadership, or lack thereof, at Second Bull Run and accounts of Pope's long-running controversy with Fitz John Porter, of decisive wartime politics in the Northern capitol, and of Pope's role during Reconstruction as commander of the Third Military District of which Georgia, Alabama, and Florida were a part. Good maps. Highly recommended to public, college, and university libraries. E. M. Thomas; Gordon College

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