45645Was Logan dissed for higher command?
- Jul 9, 2008Finished the book "Black Jack: John A. Logan and Southern Illinois in
the Civil War Era" I Recommend it.
The author discusses whether Logan was unjustly passed over as a
replacement for McPherson when he was KIA. Interestingly, he gave
Sherman's views on what he didnt like about "political generals."
Seems that there is more to it than unthinking prejudice. I loaned the
book to someone, so can't quote from it, but basically Sherman just
felt that these guys typically just weren't full time. He was
especially resentful when they would go home to campaign for
reelection just as things were critical in the field.
I have to admit Sherman has a case there, if true.
Makes you wonder if the prejudice against non-west point was a little
more founded in solid reasons than you might think.
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