George Stoneman: A Biography of the Union General

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McFarland, Jul 27, 2010 - History - 207 pages
During an 1865 raid through North Carolina, Major General George Stoneman missed capturing the fleeing Jefferson Davis only by a matter of hours, timing somewhat typical of Stoneman's life and career. This biography provides an in-depth look at the life and military career of Major General George Stoneman, beginning with his participation in the 2,000-mile march of the Mormon Battalion and other western expeditions. The main body of the work focuses on his Civil War service, during which he directed the progress of the Union cavalry and led several pivotal raids on Confederate forces. In spite of Stoneman's postwar career as military governor of Virginia and governor of California, his life was marked by his inability to reach ultimate success in war or politics, necessitating a discussion of his weaknesses as well as his achievements as a commander and a politician. Period photographs are included.
 

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Contents

Stoneman in Command
5
West Point
11
With the Mormon Battalion
16
From California to the Rio Grande
27
With McClellan
35
Stuart Redux
48
Fredericksburg
54
The Bursting Shell
62
Payment of a Debt
101
Riots and Reconstruction
122
Arizona Territory
142
Governor Stoneman
156
Epilogue
171
Chapter Notes
175
Bibliography
189
Index
195

We were whipped
81

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About the author (2010)

Ben Fuller Fordney teaches American history at Blue Ridge Community College in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He serves as director of the Shenandoah Civil War Associates.

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