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Title:
Abandoned by Lincoln : a military biography of General John Pope
Author:
Schutz, Wallace J.
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Publication Information:
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [1990]

©1990
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xiv, 243 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780252016752
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Book

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Following an easy victory over the Confederates in Tennessee, Pope took over the Union's Army of Virginia just before it was overwhelmed by Robert E. Lee's forces at the second battle of Bull Run in 1862. Pope was relieved of command and, according to popular lore, went into permanent eclipse. The authors of this scholarly biography of the maligned general reveal that he actually served 24 additional years in the army, restoring civil government in postwar Missouri, taking an active role in Reconstruction and becoming the army's chief expert in Indian affairs. Schutz and Trenerry, members of a Civil War Roundtable in Minneapolis-St. Paul, argue convincingly that Pope's negative reputation in connection with the second battle of Bull Run is undeserved. He was given unwilling command of an ill-prepared army and was forced to commit it to battle before he had time to fully grasp the reins of authority; one of his key lieutenants refused to obey a crucial battle order; and political rivalry with General George McClellan resulted in the withholding of crucial support for Pope and his army. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Choice Review

John Pope, the only Union army commander not previously to have a biography, is high on everyone's list of Civil War generals to revile. After graduating West Point in 1842, Pope combined politics and career, and never shunned braggadocio or criticism of superiors. Pope's self-serving reports and Republican political connections won him a high command at the beginning of the war. His star rose when he took New Madrid and Island No. 10 in the spring of 1862. Pope came East to command of the Army of Virginia, a mixed force largely made of units from George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac. Pope soon led his army to defeat at Second Manassas, but Schutz and Trenerry contend that it was party politics, not Pope's brashness or incompetence, that made the second Battle of Manassas a disaster. According to them, Democrats led by General Fitz John Porter had conspired against Pope to bring McClellan back to power. A court martial cashiered Porter for his failure to follow Pope's orders at Second Manassas, and Pope was sent to the Northwest frontier. By then even the most ardent Republican recognized Pope as a liability. Pope spent the rest of his career in minor positions until he retired in 1886. Although Abandoned by Lincoln largely ignores Pope's private life and postwar service and is too lenient on Pope, it is valuable for its insights into political intrigue in the army during the Civil War. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -E. K. Eckert, St. Bonaventure University