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As the United States celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, it is often forgotten that the troops that fought in that bloody conflict, were led by a surprisingly small group of men given senior rank as generals. All told on both sides, only around 1,000 or given the rank of general during the Civil War, and not surprisingly most knew each other personally. As classmates at West Point or the Virginia Military Academy, fellow officers during the War with Mexico, or as in-laws through intrafamily marriages, the men who were general officers during the American Civil War were a small and intimate group. And yet, most of what even well-read Civil War history buffs know about these men was actually written in the 150 years since the cessation of hostilities. Very few of the published opinions and assessments of individual generals were contemporary to the war itself, and in fact were written primarily with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. So who exactly were these men, and what was observed about their actions on battlefields when they were being fought over?
To learn more about the generals that led the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday at @Writestream) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week will be Chicago homicide detective and Civil War expert Robert Girardi. Girardi, who is the author of 9 books, has written the recent Zenith Press (@Zenith_Press) release THE CIVIL WAR GENERALS. Based upon contemporary letters, diaries, reports and other accounts, this book gives readers one of the clearest accounts ever written on the men who commanded Civil War land forces. Listeners are encouraged to call in and offer questions and opinions to both gentlemen in what will be a lively hour of talk and opinion about America's deadliest conflict.
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