Commander of all Lincoln's Armies

Date:
2004
Creator:
Marszalek, John F.
Publisher/Studio:
Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

This is the first, comprehensive biography of a man who in 1862 was called upon by President Lincoln to take command of all the federal forces in the war against the South. Halleck was known by the name "Old Brains" and was reputedly the greatest military theorist and scholar of his time. Yet his personality deficits resulted in an abject failure to make decisions during battle that led to the President's eventual loss of confidence and his being supplanted by Ulysses S. Grant. Grant, of course, was ultimately the architect of the North's victory and Halleck was consigned to obscurity. The book is well-written and will sell to people who already have some basic understanding of the war and want to learn more about the personalities and decision-making that charted the North's course of action.

Description (physical):

324 pages, includes bibiographical references and index.

Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Carte-de-visite

Three quarter portrait of Henry Wager Halleck. Napoleonic stance with eyes glaring famous photo. Nicknamed "Old Brains". He was in charge of the Western Theater early in the war, and then later went on to Chief Commander of the Army and then demoted to Chief of Staff after Grant's promotion to the top rank in March of 1864.

Description (physical):

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2004.001.0393
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier