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A Civil conflict Treasury offers a deeper realizing of the human aspect of the conflict and its extra technical features to boot. the decisions are prepared in a approximately chronological order and there's a short creation to every bankruptcy which outlines the vital advancements of every yr of the warfare.

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At this point Polk decided to offer the post to a man whom he had already appointed a brigadier general of volunteers, Gideon J. Pillow. Pillow gladly accepted. Totally without military experience, Pillow was otherwise well qualified for the job: he was a power in the Democratic Party, had been the principal architect of Polk's nomination for the presidency, and was Polk's law partner. Pillow commanded a division during Winfield Scott's Mexican Cam- Page 20 paign with little skill, though some courage, acquiring two wounds.

But the latter's flaws of characterand lack of intestinal fortitudecreated tensions between the two. As a result, Scott retired from the army on 1 November 1861, concluding a military career of over 53 years. " Although always counted among the nation's greatest soldiers, Winfield Scott's reputation is overshadowed by the overwhelming drama of the Civil War. As a result, Civil War commanders of far less skill are much better known. Nevertheless, his Mexican Campaign was among the most remarkable in history, with little, if anything in the Civil War surpassing it for daring, economy and decisiveness.

Finally the real post commander returned. Reviewing the actions which the acting post com- Page 21 mander had taken in his absence, the post commander came upon the correspondence between the latter and the quartermaster, that is, between Mr. Bragg and Mr. Bragg, with the result that he cried out, "My God, Mr. " Page 22 The Men Winfield Scott The most distinguished American soldier between Washington and the Civil War, Winfield Scott (17861866), was born near Petersburg, Virginia. As a young man he briefly attended William and Mary College, but left in 1805 because he disapproved of the irreligious sentiments of most of his fellow students.

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