THE SWORD OF LINCOLN: THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
Author: Jeffry D. Wert
Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER, Apr 2005
From one of our greatest Civil War historians comes the first authoritative history in decades of the Army of the Potomac. 40 pgs. of B&W photos, 15 maps; 6x9 inches, 560 pgs.
From Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox, the Army of the Potomac repeatedly battled and eventually defeated Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia. In the first comprehensive history of this army since Bruce Catton's trilogy, Jeffry West--esteemed author of Gettysburg, Day Three and A Brotherhood of Valor--gives us a riveting insightful portrait of the Union's storied, controversial vanguard.
Wert draws in part on previously unpublished documents to bring colorful characters and epic battles vivdly to life. Obligated throughout the war to guard Washington, D.C., the volunteers who filled the ranks of the Army of the Potomac began ignominiously with defeat at Bull Run. They would go on to become an effective fighting force the hard way, suffering under commanders who were as varied as they were flawed until, under the leadership of George Meade, they won the decisive battle of Gettysburg and then, led by General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant, defeated Lee. But the Army of the Potomac was much more than just its leadership. Wert takes us into the heart of the action with the ordinary soldiers of the Irish Brigade, the Iron Brigade, the Excelsior Brigade, and others, and contrasts their experiences with those of their Confederate adversaries.
With a swiftly moving narrative style and perceptive analysis, The Sword of Lincoln is destined to become THE modern account of the army that was so central to the history of the Civil War.
PRAISE FOR JEFFRY WERT'S A Brotherhood of Valor:
"Lively, informative..full of fresh detail...a page-turner. Wert is a fine scholar." -- The New York Times Book Review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jeffrfy D. Wert is the author of six previous books about the Civil War, and his writing has appeared in such publications as The Civil War Times Illustrated and Blue and Gray. He lives in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania.