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Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals As Seen From the Ranks During a Campaign in the Army of the Potomac   By: (1824-1919)

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Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals As Seen From the Ranks During a Campaign in the Army of the Potomac, written by William H. Armstrong, offers an insightful and compelling account of the realities and challenges faced by soldiers in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The author, a veteran of the war himself, provides a unique perspective as he shares his personal experiences and observations from the ranks.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in its vivid and realistic portrayal of the day-to-day life of a soldier. Armstrong masterfully captures the drudgery, hardships, and camaraderie that encompassed the soldiers' existence during the war. From the exhausting marches to harsh weather conditions and lack of proper provisions, the author paints a detailed picture of the immense sacrifices made by these men on a daily basis.

Moreover, Armstrong delves into an important theme that resonates throughout the book - the bureaucratic inefficiencies and mismanagement that plagued the Army of the Potomac. Through his heartfelt and often critical analysis, he sheds light on the detrimental impact that red tape and the incompetence of certain generals had on the overall effectiveness of the Union Army. This aspect of the book serves as a valuable historical insight into the challenges faced by military leadership during the war.

Additionally, Armstrong's writing style is captivating and engaging, making the reader feel fully immersed in the narrative. His descriptions of battles and encounters with the enemy are both thrilling and poignant, evoking a sense of the chaos and terror experienced by the soldiers on the front lines.

However, one minor drawback of the book is its occasional digressions into tangential topics unrelated to the main narrative. These diversions, while providing interesting historical context, can at times disrupt the flow of the story and distract from the central themes being explored.

Nevertheless, Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals stands as an essential read for anyone interested in gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the Civil War. Armstrong's candid and passionate account offers a valuable perspective that goes beyond the typical grand narratives of battles and politics, giving voice to the ordinary soldiers who fought, suffered, and triumphed amidst the tumult and chaos of war.

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Campaign in the Army of the Potomac.



"We must be brief when Traitors brave the Field."


Carleton, Publisher, 413 Broadway.


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864, by


In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.


Printer, Stereotyper, and Electrotyper

Carton Building,

81, 83, and 85 Centre Street .


"Greek fire has shivered the statue of John C. Calhoun in the streets of the City of Charleston," so the papers say. Whether true or not, the Greek fire of the righteous indignation of a loyal people is fast shattering the offspring of his infamous teachings, the armed treason of the South, and its more cowardly ally the insidious treachery that lurks under doubtful cover in the loyal States. In thunder tones do the masses declare, that now and for ever, they repudiate the Treason and despise the Traitor. Nobly are the hands of our Honest President sustained in prosecuting this most righteous war.

In a day like this, the least that can be expected of any citizen is duty. We are all co partners in our beneficent government... Continue reading book >>

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