American Jewry in the Civil War..
- I found the book lurking in my basement on the shelf with all the
old Civil War books a friend gave me while cleaning out his basement,
There are a few pages on Judah Benjamin,on how people in the North
felt about him and how people in the South felt about him...not too
flattering..as a matter of fact, in just reading a little of the
book, the Jews were not very liked much in Civil War times but they
did find a great friend in Abe Lincoln. The book contains letters
from several Jewish citizens to Mr. Lincoln and his letters in
Looks like an interesting book, that I may read sometimes and it is
in great shape except for making me sneeze...been in basements too
long...anyway if you want me to try and scan the pages on Benjamin,
let me know. The only thing I am headed to East Tennesse tomorrow
for work and won't return home until Friday.
For Everyone else: In checking the rest of my forgotten treasure I
found the following Civul War books:
" The Crisis" by Winston Churchill
"A Witness to Appomattox", Never Call Retreat", "This Hallowed
Ground", "Mr. Lincoln's Army" and "Terrible Swift sword" all by
"General Lee" by Fitzhugh Lee(in bad shape)
"StoneWall Jackson" by FGR Henderson
Plus a ton of other goodies including a 1961 "Great battles of the
Civil war" by the Editors of Life magazine
I need to clean up more often
- In addition, the Ammens lived up on the square in Georgetown and Jake got Grant interested in going to college. And becoming a math professor.Take care,
Judy and Bob Huddleston
10643 Sperry Street
Northglenn, CO 80234-3612
From: Martin Williams [mailto:williams484@...]
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 8:59 PM
Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Political generalsJacob Ammen graduated from West Point in 1831, was assigned to the Artillery, and resigned from the Army in 1837. For much of that time he was detailed to West Point as a math instructor. As such, he arranged for his younger brother Daniel to sit in on some classes to prepare for the midshipman's entrance examination in the Navy (Daniel finished up as a rear admiral). Jacob spent must of his civilian career before the war as a college professor and the rest of it as a civil engineer.Federal generals who had first been Army officers and then politicians included Fremont, Ryan, Stevens and Dix. The only Rebel I can think of at the moment who was in the same situation was Withers.----- Original Message -----From: John BeattySent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 7:12 AMSubject: [civilwarwest] Political generalsTheres a new work, "War Within the Union High Command"
by Thomas Goss that discusses political generals in
some detail. The crux of his thesis is that political
generals were excellent at enhancing enlistment and
keeping up the faith to the folks at home, but most
were less than stellar. Interestingly, he also shows
that some knew their limitations.
Jacob Amman, a childhood freind of Grant, was also
politically appointed without military training, as
were all but one of his division commanders at Shiloh.
But then again, Grant owed his commission to Elihu
Wasburne, not to a steady sucession in rank. To say
that Grant was "bigoted" against political generals is
thus ridiculous, since practically all of them were
politically appointed. He did have a problem,
however, with incompetence.
John D. Beatty, Milwaukee Wisconsin
"History is the only test for the consequences of ideas"
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