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The quartermaster : Montgomery C. Meigs : Lincoln's general, master builder of the Union army / Robert O'Harrow, Jr.

O'Harrow, Robert [Browse]
  • New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
  • ©2016
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
x, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, facsimile ; 24 cm
Summary note:
"Born to a well to do, connected family in 1816, Montgomery C. Meigs graduated from West Point as an engineer. He helped build America's forts and served under Lt. Robert E. Lee to make navigation improvements on the Mississippi River. As a young man, he designed the Washington aqueducts in a city where people were dying from contaminated water. He built the spectacular wings and the massive dome of the brand new US Capitol. Introduced to President Lincoln by Secretary of State William Seward, Meigs became Lincoln's Quartermaster. It was during the Civil War that Meigs became a national hero. He commanded Ulysses S. Grant's base of supplies that made Union victories, including Gettysburg, possible. He sustained Sherman's army in Georgia, and the March to the Sea. After the war, Meigs built Arlington Cemetery (on land that had been Robert E. Lee's home). [The author] brings Meigs alive in [this book]. We get to know this major military figure that Lincoln and his Cabinet and Generals called the key to victory and learn how he fed, clothed, and armed the Union Army using his ingenuity and devotion"
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-289) and index.
Rigid duty -- Patience and perseverance -- Wholesome water -- An aqueduct worthy of the nation -- A rival to the Parthenon -- America's curse -- The Saturday Club -- The workload grows -- Rowdy looking -- Energetic, obliging, firm -- An inscription for all time -- "Everything into confusion" -- "Eternal blot" -- Tall and awkward candidate -- Floyd resigns -- He plucked a laurel -- A secret mission -- A soul on fire -- Building an army -- Shoddy -- "Hard work and cold calculation" -- "The war cannot be long" -- Gunboats -- "His best name is honesty" -- "Vast in quantity" -- Hope wanes -- "Fret him and fret him" -- "Exhaustion of men and money" -- "A beauteous bubble" -- A vulnerable capital -- The refit at Savannah -- The journey home -- "Dogs to their vomit" -- "Soldier, engineer, architect, scientist, patriot."
  • Biography.
  • History.
  • 9781451671926 ((hardcover ; : alkaline paper))
  • 145167192X ((hardcover ; : alkaline paper))
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