Upton and the Army

Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1993. Louisiana Paperback Edition [stated]. Trade paperback. ix, [5], 190, [2] pages. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliographical Note. Index. Stephen Edward Ambrose (January 10, 1936 – October 13, 2002) was an American historian and biographer of U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. He was a longtime professor of history at the University of New Orleans and the author of many bestselling volumes of American popular history. There have been numerous allegations of plagiarism and inaccuracies in his writings. However, in a review of To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian for the New York Times, William Everdell wrote that "he certainly deserved better from some of his envious peers" and credited the historian with reaching "an important lay audience without endorsing its every prejudice or sacrificing the profession's standards of scholarship. Emory Upton (1839–1881) was “the epitome of a professional soldier,” according to Stephen E. Ambrose. Indeed, his entire adult life was devoted to the single-minded pursuit of a military career. Upton was commissioned the day of his graduation from the United States Military Academy, and by age twenty-five he had risen to the rank of major general. He distinguished himself in battles at Spotsylvania, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, and Charlottesville, in Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley campaign, and in Wilson’s celebrated cavalry raid through Alabama and Georgia. After the war, Upton traveled abroad as an observer for the army, an experience that resulted in his first book, The Armies of Asia and Europe. He served as commandant of cadets at West Point and as commander of the Presidio in San Francisco. His last book, The Military Policy of the United States, which advocated a number of changes in the organization of the American military system was published in 1904 at the urging of Secretary of War Elihu Root. Condition: Very good.

Keywords: Emory Upton, United States Army, William Conant Church, Henry Du Pont, James A. Garfield, Military Policy, West Point, Presidio, Armies of Asia and Europe, James Harrison Wilson

ISBN: 9780807118504

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