The Quartermaster: Montgomery C. Meigs, Lincoln’s General, Master Builder of the Union Army

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Simon and Schuster, 25 Οκτ 2016 - 304 σελίδες
“The lively story of the Civil War’s most unlikely—and most uncelebrated—genius.” —The Wall Street Journal

General Montgomery C. Meigs, who built the Union Army, was judged by Lincoln, Seward, and Stanton to be the indispensable architect of the Union victory. Civil War historian James McPherson calls Meigs “the unsung hero of northern victory.”

Born to a well to do, connected family in 1816, Montgomery C. Meigs graduated from West Point as an engineer. He helped build America’s forts and served under Lt. Robert E. Lee to make navigation improvements on the Mississippi River. As a young man, he designed the Washington aqueducts in a city where people were dying from contaminated water. He built the spectacular wings and the massive dome of the brand new US Capitol.

Introduced to President Lincoln by Secretary of State William Seward, Meigs became Lincoln’s Quartermaster. It was during the Civil War that Meigs became a national hero. He commanded Ulysses S. Grant’s base of supplies that made Union victories, including Gettysburg, possible. He sustained Sherman’s army in Georgia, and the March to the Sea. After the war, Meigs built Arlington Cemetery (on land that had been Robert E. Lee’s home).

Robert O’Harrow Jr. brings Meigs alive in the commanding and intensely personal Quartermaster. We get to know this major military figure that Lincoln and his Cabinet and Generals called the key to victory and learn how he fed, clothed, and armed the Union Army using his ingenuity and devotion. O’Harrow tells the full dramatic story of this fierce, strong, honest, loyal, forward-thinking, major American figure.
 

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CHAPTER
2
CHAPTER
8
Wholesome Water
16
An Aqueduct Worthy of the Nation
22
A Rival to the Parthenon
30
The Saturday Club
42
The Workload Grows
48
Energetic Obliging Firm
59
The War Cannot Be Long
140
Gunboats
147
His Best Name Is Honesty
154
Vast in Quantity
163
Hope Wanes
173
Fret Him and Fret Him
181
Exhaustion of Men and Money
190
A Beauteous Bubble
200

An Inscription for All Time
68
Everything into Confusion
78
Tall and Awkward Candidate
87
Floyd Resigns
93
PART 2
99
A Secret Mission
105
A Soul on Fire
111
Building an Army
117
Shoddy
125
Hard Work and Cold Calculation
132
A Vulnerable Capital
209
The Refit at Savannah
218
The Journey Home
227
Dogs to Their Vomit
232
Soldier Engineer Architect Scientist Patriot
238
Acknowledgments
247
Notes
251
105
268
Index
291
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Robert O’Harrow Jr. is an award-winning reporter on the investigative unit at The Washington Post. O’Harrow is the author of No Place to Hide, Zero Day: The Threat in Cyberspace, and The Quartermaster, a biography of Montgomery C. Meigs. He was a contributor to the 2016 biography, Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power. He lives with his wife and son in Arlington, Virginia.

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