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Author Tap, Bruce.

Title Over Lincoln's shoulder : the Committee on the Conduct of the War / Bruce Tap.

Published Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, [1998]
©1998

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 UniM Store  Q62805    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 319 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Modern war studies.
Modern war studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-301) and index.
Contents 1. To Invigorate a Timid Administration -- 2. Investigating Bull Run and Ball's Bluff -- 3. Reconstructing Emancipation's Martyr -- 4. "McClellan Is an Imbecile If Not a Traitor": The Investigation of the Army of the Potomac -- 5. The Fall Elections, West Point, and the Crisis of 1862-1863 -- 6. The Same Excuses for Different Generals -- 7. The Atrocity Investigations, 1864-1865 -- 8. Banks, Red River, and Reconstruction -- 9. Politics, Principles, and Partisanship: Investigations, 1864-1865.
Summary The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War generated controversy throughout the war, and its legacy sparks debate even today over whether it invigorated or hampered the Union war effort. In the wake of both critical and sympathetic appraisals, Bruce Tap now offers the first history of the committee's activities, focusing on the nature of its power and influence on military policy in order to show conclusively what the ultimate impact really was. Tap presents solid evidence, including examples of contact between Congress and the military, to show that the committee produced little good and no small amount of harm. As Tap demonstrates, it was in many ways a serious impediment to the war effort, due not to its fanaticism or vindictiveness, as some historians have suggested, but rather to its members' total ignorance of military matters.
Subject Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
United States. Congress. Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War.
Governmental investigations -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns.
United States -- Military policy.
ISBN 0700608710 (alk. paper)