The Organization and Administration of the Union Army, 1861-1865 - Vol. 1

The Organization and Administration of the Union Army, 1861-1865 - Vol. 1

The Organization and Administration of the Union Army, 1861-1865 - Vol. 1

The Organization and Administration of the Union Army, 1861-1865 - Vol. 1

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Histories dealing with the Civil War have, in the past, almost without exception passed over the whole subject of the creation of the armies. Emory Upton in his book, The Military Policy of the United States (Washington, 1912), is concerned primarily with the period before the Civil War, and he closes with the year 1862. His chief interest is in military legislation. Frederic Louis Huidekoper, in The Military Unpreparedness of the United States, A History of American Land Forces from Colonial Times until June I, 1915 (New York, 1915), summarizes and continues the work of Upton but he devotes only thirty pages to the Civil War exclusive of campaigns, and his work is chiefly propaganda. Some of the problems connected with recruiting and the draft have been considered by William B. Weeden, in War Government Federal and State in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Indiana (Boston and New York, 1906). The party and sectional prejudices of Weeden and occasional gross misstatements of facts, as well as a too optimistic view of the activities of the war governors and an uncritical approach, detract much from the value of the book. The present work was completed before the appearance of Edward Channing's sixth volume of his History of the United States.

In this work an attempt has been made to show how the Union changed from a peace to a war basis, to . . .

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