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A Politician Turned General: The Civil War Career of Stephen Augustus Hurlbut

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A Politician Turned General offers a critical examination of the turbulent early political career and the controversial military service of Stephen Augustus Hurlbut, an Illinois Whig. Republican politician, and Northern political general who rose to distinction as a prominent member of the Union high command in the West during the Civil War. Though traditionally there are ...more
Published December 9th 2003 by Kent State University Press (first published August 1st 2003)
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David Duprey
Jul 19, 2015 David Duprey rated it liked it
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Interesting book of a Political General from Illinois, even though he was born in South Carolina, the same state as President Lincoln.

After his heroic action at Shiloh, he then served as commander of Memphis and New Orleans with moderate success.

The first half of the book was very interesting, but the second half of the book was less so, unless you are really interested in Civil War Illinois politics.
Aug 20, 2007 Bernice rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Civil War scholars
Reliably researched and authenticated by a PhD/History at Kent State University. The Hurlbut relationship goes way back to Thomas in 1620. At times an unsavory character, it is interesting to know that he was friends with Lincoln and Grant. Most notable was how slowly the war progressed without the communication and transportation methods of today.
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