6295182__History_of_the_U.S._Civil_War_

6295182__History_of_the_U.S._Civil_War_ - U.S. Civil War...

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U.S. Civil War 1 Running head: HISTORY OF THE U.S. CIVIL WAR History of the U.S. Civil War [Author’s Name] [Institution’s Name]
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U.S. Civil War 2 History of the U.S. Civil War In their works, “Ordeal by fire” by J. M. McPherson and “B. McClellan and Civil War history: In the shadow of Grant and Sherman” by T.J. Rowland, both of the writers have condemned Thucydides for declaring that war is the chief theme of history; they fancied that it was the bickering of political parties. However, the events of the past quarter century have so borne out the observation of the ancient Greek that few people are now inclined to disagree with him. In this connection it is to be noted that the United States has made important contributions to the art of war, for in our conflict of 1861-65 the ironclad, the submarine, the railway gun, the military telegraph, and the torpedo had their real origins, while the use of earthworks in maneuver and the open order of infantry advance were essentially American improvements. We have done our share in the realm of Mars. Moreover the American Civil War should no longer be studied as an isolated phenomenon but as a significant event, and one of tremendous consequences, in the overthrow of the old agricultural order by industrialism. As much as any other nation, we are a part of world history. The portrayer of men of action necessarily writes biography from a very different angle from biographers of artists, especially writers. The interest in men of action lies in the action itself; all else is merely corroborative and
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U.S. Civil War 3 supplementary. But narratives of artists are literary history or criticism rather than biography unless they deal extensively with private life. From this point of view love is an incident in the career of Washington or Grant or Lee but all-important in the lives of Shelley and Byron. To be particular, according to Rowland and McPherson, the business and military career of George B. McClellan is the important matter. That he was successful in love and enjoyed a happy family life is gratifying, but what counts with him was what he did in his wonderful, German-like organization of the Army of the Potomac, in the terrible withdrawal to James River, and amidst the flames and detonations of Sharpsburg. As per Rowland’s views on McClellan’s generalship, being a General he was profitably engaged, building up a competence; he traveled much; he was popular and well received wherever he went, he enjoyed the companionship of devoted friends; his home life may be called ideal. Such things are the prime blessings of existence; and if a man can forget the strivings of ambition and cast off the remembrance of anguish over undeserved humiliation, he may well be called fortunate to be able to get out of living all that George B. McClellan did. But, as Rowland believes, there is always the fiend at the elbow raking up the past, whispering of the greatness one might have had and barely missed, calling attention to the glory of those who stood in
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2010 for the course MANAGEMENT EM-14793 taught by Professor Lindaryaan during the Spring '08 term at Windsor.

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