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  • John Beatty
    Theres 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
    Message 1 of 34 , Sep 2 4:12 AM
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      Theres 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.

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    • Bob Huddleston
      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, Bob
      Message 34 of 34 , Sep 3 9:09 PM
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        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,

        Bob

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        From: Martin Williams [mailto:williams484@...]
        Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 8:59 PM
        To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Political generals

        Jacob 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.
         
         
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        Theres 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.

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        John D. Beatty, Milwaukee Wisconsin
        AMCIVWAR.COM/AMCIVWAR.NET
        "History is the only test for the consequences of ideas"


                   
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