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From first to last : the life of Major General William B. Franklin

Author: Mark A Snell
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2002.
Series: North's Civil War, no. 19.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"This is a complete life story of one of the most controversial yet least well known generals on either side during the Civil War. Graduating first in his class at West Point, William Buel Franklin went on to serve in the Army's Corps of Topographical Engineers and contributed greatly to the building of the nation's internal improvements; at one point, he was chief engineer in charge of construction of the U.S.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: William Buel Franklin; William Buel Franklin
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark A Snell
ISBN: 0823221482 9780823221486 0823221490 9780823221493
OCLC Number: 48053854
Description: xv, 392 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: "A Dutiful and Affectionate Son": From York to West Point --
"Fire Grape at Them if They Get Too Close": From the Great Lakes to the South Pass and Beyond --
"I Have Thought So Much of Leaving the Army": Between Two Wars --
"Rascality in High Places": Washington, 1857-1860 --
"The Hottest and Most Disagreeable Fire That Anyone Ever Was In": The War Begins --
"The First Great Crime of the War": From Bull Run to Yorktown --
"Glory Enough for One Day": The Peninsula Campaign, April-June 1862 --
"It Is Likely That We Should Have Been Defeated": The Seven Days --
"We Will Try to Do Our Duty": Harrison's Landing to Second Manassas --
"I Would Prefer to Make the Attack": The Maryland Campaign, September 1862 --
"The Radical Thirst for Blood": The Battle of Fredericksburg --
"Halleck Deserves Hanging": The Army of the Potomac and the Politics of Defeat --
"The Army Is Literally Stuck in the Mud": Mud Marching and Mudslinging --
"My Whole Campaign Has Been a Perfect Purgatory": Operations in the Department of the Gulf, 1863 --
"Don't You Know This Is Mutiny?": The Red River Campaign --
"The Noble Army of the Shelved": Capture, Escape, and Waiting Out the War's End --
"A Butterfly Kind of Existence": Colt's Firearms and a New Beginning --
"A Person Whose Life Had So Little in It to Awake Popular Enthusiasm": Public Servant Till the Very End.
Series Title: North's Civil War, no. 19.
Responsibility: Mark A. Snell.
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This text is the complete life story of one of the most controversial yet least well known generals on either side during the Civil War. The number one graduate of the West Point class of 1843,  Read more...

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