I am very satisfied to learn the truth of the Civil War, especially what the officers (and families) of the north military went through, and why. Learning of the mental states of the leading officers and why their decisions were made and the impact of those decisions on other officers and their performances has made perfect sense, very different from all prior Civil War history books I've read and the history classes I’ve attended.
In addition, Adolfo Ovies provided an understanding of how George Armstrong Custer came to his view of war and all the costs to his men.
Having the perspective, I am better able to understand what happened in the Civil War battles. It also has helped me to understand other wars, especially WW II and the Vietnam War, which my father served in and I admire his dedication and commitment to the Marine Corps.
There are always challenges, and how to best work through them requires the points of view needed for dedication and commitment. True understanding of Custer and what he experienced from West Point training through the Civil War has made it all easier to understand.
At the end of the book, the Bibliography provides a detailed summary view of the sources of the knowledge of the events of those three years. It is clear that there were many variants from the real reports, and it took many years of true research and communication that Adolfo Ovies applied well and then delivered a true understanding of the subjects of this book. Also, the Index that followed the Bibliography in the book enables better understanding of specific topics as listed, providing a more complete summary view of each topic. Excellent work!
I am very thankful to Adolfo Ovies for all his work to provide a true view of what the Civil War was like and why conflicts existed between leading officers, the public and the media, as well as President Lincoln and his staff. It's complicated, but much more understandable with this true perspective.
I highly recommend this author's books as he provides full understanding as to what happened and why!
The Boy Generals: George Custer, Wesley Merritt, and the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac (English Edition) Kindle电子书
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The Boy Generals: George Custer, Wesley Merritt, and the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac is the first installment in a remarkable trilogy to examine the strategy, tactics, and relationships of the leading Union army’s mounted arm and their influence on the course of the Civil War in the Eastern Theater. George Armstrong Custer’s career has attracted its fair share of coverage, but most Custer-related studies focus on his decision-making and actions to the exclusion of other important factors, including his relationships with his fellow officers. Custer developed his tactical philosophy within the politically ridden atmosphere of the Army of the Potomac’s Cavalry Corps. His relationship with his immediate superior, Wesley Merritt, was so acrimonious that even Custer’s wife Libbie described him as her husband’s “enemy.” The Boy Generals examines in detail the steadily deteriorating relationship of two cavalrymen with opposing tactical philosophies, and how this relationship affected events in the field. Custer was a hussar—a firm believer in the shock power of the mounted saber charge—while Merritt was a dragoon, his tactics rooted in the belief that the purpose of the horse was to transport the trooper to the battlefield, where he could fight dismounted with his carbine. With these diametrically opposed belief systems, it was inevitable that these officers would clash. What has often been described as a spirited rivalry was in fact something much darker, an association that moved from initial distaste to acrimony, and finally, outright insubordination on Custer’s part. Author Adolfo Ovies mined deeply Official Reports, regimental histories, and contemporary newspaper accounts, together with unpublished and little used primary sources of men who fought in their commands. This rich and satisfying study exposes the depths of one of the most dysfunctional and influential relationships in the Army of the Potomac and how it affected cavalry operations in the Eastern Theater. The Boy Generals will change the way Civil War readers think of the premier Union army’s mounted arm, as well as George Custer’s legacy.
- ASIN : B0976Z8B23
- 出版社 : Savas Beatie (2022年10月4日)
- 出版日期 : 2021年6月11日
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Jeffrey W. Hunt
Fascinating Study2021年6月18日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
War is a human endeavor and yet all too often real humanity never makes an appearance in military history books that are not memoirs or biographies. Not infrequently it fails to grace the pages of even regimental histories. In my own books dealing with the Civil War campaigns following Lee's retreat across the Potomac on July 13/14, 1863 and December of that bloody year, I have been impressed over and over again by how personality and personal experience played a key role--and often THE key role--in an officer's decision-making on the field, the degree to which he was willing or unwilling to take chances or run risks, to be bold or cautious, to break the rules or follow them. The importance of this theme lies at the heart of the first book in Adolfo Ovies' series examining the careers of George Custer and Wesley Merritt. This is more than a dual biography (though it is that and a good one), for its reaches beyond the two men and their approach to combat leadership to look at how they not only influenced the outcome of battles and campaigns but also influenced the U.S. Army itself. Two stories within two other stories would be beyond the talents of most historians, but not in this case. Well-written and researched this book is a unique contribution to Civil War and U.S. Military literature. I look forward to the follow on volumes.
The story of the Union Cavalry as told around Custer and Merritt.2022年2月19日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
This book is written to fill in truths surrounding the myths of Custer and Merritt and it does so by starting with his funeral and Libby Custer’s promotion of her husband. One of the best accounts from this perspective.
Javier A. Betancourt
Superbly researched and written!2021年7月21日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
The Boy Generals is a wonderfully informative and immersive study of two contrasting and competing figures from the Civil War. The author clearly conducted a ton of research, much of it seemingly newly discovered or freshly interpreted with more discerning eyes. Superbly written, the author's knack for word choice and rich descriptive detail paints a virtual picture that places the reader squarely in the middle of the action. The study of these two very different men, and the deep-seated feud that developed between them, seemingly mirrors the divided state of our country today. Perhaps in studying the civil war, and the many feuds that sprang from it, we can catch ourselves from spiraling down the same sad and destructive vortex today. Looking forward to the next volumes in this series!