The Resource A politician goes to war : the Civil War letters of John White Geary, edited by William Alan Blair ; selections and introduction by Bell Irvin Wiley

A politician goes to war : the Civil War letters of John White Geary, edited by William Alan Blair ; selections and introduction by Bell Irvin Wiley

Label
A politician goes to war : the Civil War letters of John White Geary
Title
A politician goes to war
Title remainder
the Civil War letters of John White Geary
Statement of responsibility
edited by William Alan Blair ; selections and introduction by Bell Irvin Wiley
Title variation
Civil War letters of John White Geary
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This last known work of noted historian Bell Irvin Wiley reveals the private mind of John White Geary, a Union general from Pennsylvania, through his Civil War letters to his wife, Mary. Wiley had selected these roughly 200 letters for publication, but the unfinished manuscript lay undiscovered for twelve years after the historian's death. The letters provide a rare glimpse of the two main theaters of war through the eyes of a general officer. Geary saw action at Cedar Mountain and Gettysburg in the Virginia theater and in the major campaigns in the west - from lifting the siege at Chattanooga to marching with William T. Sherman through Georgia and the Carolinas. The fascination Geary's letters held for Wiley, the quintessential scholar of the common person, is clear: the letters of an uncommon man reveal ordinary concerns about children, money, home, and religion that linked Geary to many on both sides of the war. These letters reveal contrasts between attitudes of soldiers of the eastern and western armies and how early intense battle was waged in northern Virginia. Readers can also glimpse pieces of life on the northern homefront and the ways that relationships between men and women changed during the course of the war. Geary's letters also show another side of the officer, that of the consummate politician who knew that military service provided capital for future political campaigns. Through intense self-promotion, he had fashioned a reputation that served him well in gaining respected political posts both before and after the war: he fought in the Mexican War and served as the first mayor of San Francisco and as territorial governor of Kansas during the period known as "Bloody Kansas," in addition to winning two terms as governor of Pennsylvania after the war. Ultimately, the letters of John White Geary show how a political general plied his trade. They reveal the complexities of any historical figure, for Geary had both the admirable qualities of loyalty to the Union and the less attractive need to exaggerate his abilities to enhance his career. - Jacket flap
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1819-1873
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Geary, John White
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E467.1.G29
LC item number
A4 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1906-1980
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Blair, William Alan
  • Wiley, Bell Irvin
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Geary, John White
  • Geary, John White
  • Geary, John White
  • United States
  • United States
  • Generals
  • Generals
  • Sezessionskrieg (1861-1865)
  • Quelle
  • United States
Label
A politician goes to war : the Civil War letters of John White Geary, edited by William Alan Blair ; selections and introduction by Bell Irvin Wiley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface / William Alan Blair -- Introduction / Bell Irvin Wiley -- Guarding the Potomac, July 1861-February 1862 -- Into enemy territory, March-December 1862 -- To Gettysburg and back, January-September 1863 -- Transfer to the West, October 1863-March 1864 -- The Atlanta campaign, March-September 1864 -- Through Georgia and the Carolinas, September 1864-April 1865
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 259 pages
Isbn
9780271013381
Lccn
94006497
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30028785
  • (OCoLC)ocm30028785
Label
A politician goes to war : the Civil War letters of John White Geary, edited by William Alan Blair ; selections and introduction by Bell Irvin Wiley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface / William Alan Blair -- Introduction / Bell Irvin Wiley -- Guarding the Potomac, July 1861-February 1862 -- Into enemy territory, March-December 1862 -- To Gettysburg and back, January-September 1863 -- Transfer to the West, October 1863-March 1864 -- The Atlanta campaign, March-September 1864 -- Through Georgia and the Carolinas, September 1864-April 1865
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 259 pages
Isbn
9780271013381
Lccn
94006497
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30028785
  • (OCoLC)ocm30028785

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