General Emory Upton in the Civil War

The Formative Experiences of an American Military Visionary


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About the Book

Considered by many to be the architect of the modern U.S. Army, Union General Emory Upton commanded troops in almost every major battle of the Civil War’s Eastern Theater. Witnessing some of the war’s bloodiest engagements convinced him of the need for comprehensive reform in military organization, professionalism, education, tactics and personnel policies. From the end of the war to his 1881 death by suicide, Upton led an effort to modernize U.S. military culture. While much has been written about the politics of his reform campaign, this book details his wartime experiences and how they informed his intense fervor for change.

About the Author(s)

Historian Robert N. Thompson is a former career military officer. He has written several books, and has had work published in America’s Civil War and Military History magazines. He lives near St. Louis, Missouri.

Bibliographic Details

Robert N. Thompson

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: 40 photos, 20 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7890-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3703-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
1. Cadet Upton 5
2. Off to War 23
3. To the Artillery 34
4. Antietam 48
5. Upton’s Regulars 60
6. Brigade Commander 83
7. Into the Wilderness 96
8. Hell Caldron 108
9. The Killing Ground 122
10. Winchester 132
11. To the Cavalry 142
12. The Final Battles 156
13. The Tragic Reformer 171
Chapter Notes 179
Bibliography 191
Index 195