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Peter Cozzens is an American historian and retired Foreign Service Officer. General John Pope: a Life for the Nation. University of Illinois Press.

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A Life for the Nation. A humane and balanced portrait of the much maligned man who played a crucial role in the Civil War. Ambitious and outspoken, John Pope was one of the most controversial figures to hold high command during the Civil War, Reconstruction, and in the American West. Peter Cozzens is a foreign service officer with the U. S. Department of State and author of the trilogy No Better Place to Die: The Battle of Stones River, This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga, and The Shipwreck of Their Hopes: The Battles for Chattanooga, among other books.

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Cozzens' portrait of Pope's early life is good, noting the .

Cozzens' portrait of Pope's early life is good, noting the origins of many of the characteristics that would come to define the man, and his look at Pope's early career in the Civil War was of deep interest to me, since I knew little of the detail about Pope's career pre-Manassas. The book's greatest strength lies in its treatment of John Pope's post-Manassas career, which is genuinely fascinating. Later in life, John Pope, as ably chronicled by Cozzens, became a far more mellow and mature man, rarely responding to problems and challenges with the sulphuric bombast and hot-headedness that got him into trouble so much in his early life.

Ambitious and outspoken, John Pope was one of the most controversial figures to hold high command during the .

Ambitious and outspoken, John Pope was one of the most controversial figures to hold high command during the Civil War, Reconstruction, and in the American West. One of the great military men of American history is sensitively but candidly portrayed here, from his famous defeat at the Battle of Bull Run to his subsequent successful campaigns in the West and his advocacy for the humane treatment of Indians.

Peter Cozzens is the author of seventeen books on the Civil War and the American West. General John Pope: A Life for the Nation Mar 27, 2000. He recently retired after 30 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U. Department of State. He also served four years as an Army officer before joining the Foreign Service. The History Book Club called his five-volume Eyewitnesses to the Indian Wars "the definitive resource on the military struggle for the American West.

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Renowned Civil War scholar Peter Cozzens has mined Pope's own memoirs and a wealth of other primary sources to provide a complete picture of this gifted strategist. Uncovering new information about Pope's pre- and postwar career and his path to power, Cozzens delineates the political environment that surrounded Pope and provided the context for his actions

A life for the nation. There's no description for this book yet. Published April 4, 2005 by University of Illinois Press. John Pope was born on March 16,1822, in Louisville, Kentucky, and raised in Kaskaskia, Illinois, where he grew up privileged and well-placed socially, enjoying the finest a half-settled prairie had to offer.

Union general John Pope was among the most controversial and misunderstood figures to hold major . Collected here for the first time, Pope's war reminiscences join a select roster of memoirs written by Civil War army commanders

Union general John Pope was among the most controversial and misunderstood figures to hold major command during the Civil War. Before being called east in June 1862 to lead the Army of Virginia against General Robert E. Lee, he compiled an enviable record in Missouri and as commander of the Army of the Mississippi. Collected here for the first time, Pope's war reminiscences join a select roster of memoirs written by Civil War army commanders.

Ambitious and outspoken, John Pope was one of the most controversial figures to hold high command during the Civil War, Reconstruction, and in the American West. General John Pope: A Life for the Nation is the first full biography of this much maligned figure who played crucial roles in both the Eastern and the Western Theaters of the Civil War.   Renowned Civil War scholar Peter Cozzens has mined Pope's own memoirs and a wealth of other primary sources to provide a complete picture of this gifted strategist. Uncovering new information about Pope's pre- and postwar career and his path to power, Cozzens delineates the political environment that surrounded Pope and provided the context for his actions.   Cozzens examines Pope's early career first as commander of the Army of the Mississippi and then as leader of a hastily formed Army of Virginia against Robert E. Lee. After his famous defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run, Pope was sent to the frontier. There he held important commands on the western plains over the next twenty-four years, all the while struggling to clear his reputation of the events at Second Bull Run. A principal architect of the Red River War, which broke the resistance of the Southern Plains Indians, Pope espoused humanitarian treatment of subjugated tribes and was recognized as one of the army's leading authorities on Indian affairs.   In place of the simplistic caricature that has satisfied most historians, Cozzens has crafted an accurate, humane, balanced portrait of a complex man involved with the most complex issues of his day. A monumental work on a long-neglected figure, General John Pope offers a fresh look at a key nineteenth-century military leader as well as the most detailed analysis available of Federal leadership during the Second Bull Run campaign.  

Comments: (7)

Oghmaghma
I have enjoyed all of Cozzens' works very much, but I think that this is Cozzens' best written book. This book isn't really a reassessment of Pope. Rather Cozzens takes the traditional view of Pope's generalship at Second Bull Run and places it within the context of Pope's entire career. Cozzens doesn't pull any punches on Pope's performance in Virginia in 1862. He was a liar and a braggart, he needlessly antagonized his own men, and he was severely overtaxed as an army commander.

Still, Cozzens shows that Pope had probably the toughest assignment of any Union army commander in the war. He had to take three beaten and demoralized commands from the valley under three very poor commanders (Banks, Sigel, and McDowell). With that force he was to screen Washington AND attack Lee, coordinate with George McClellan, who was in full heel-dragging mode, obey Halleck's confused and contradictory directives, and do it all in unfamiliar country with almost no cavalry. His opponent was the best general of the war, and the ANV was flush with victory from the Seven Days. It was Pope's first experience commanding troops in combat. It's no wonder that Lee beat him.

But Cozzens also shows that Pope was a skilled administrator, an aggressive general, and, in time, a good strategist. The "exile" to Minnesota turned out to be an important command, and Pope played a huge role in defeating the plains Indians. He was an effective military governor during reconstruction. He retired a major general in the regular army, a successful and influential servant of his nation.

After reading this book, I have a whole new opinion of Pope, or rather my opinion is more complex. I still think he bears the brunt of the blame for Second Bull Run, but I can see more reasons for his defeat than just "Pope was an obnoxious jerk." I think it's a shame that Lincoln and Halleck didn't send him back to the west as a corps commander. Both Grant and Sherman had high opinions of Pope throughout the war (and, really, for the rest of their lives), and they could have used an aggressive general in an important command. I still see Pope's flaws, but I can also see some of his good qualities too.

This is just the sort of Civil War book I love. It takes a subject that I thought I knew very well and adds layers of complexity. As always, Cozzens displays thorough familiarity with the sources, and his opinions are backed by historical fact. He avoids the common downfall of the biographer, who often becomes too enamored of his subject. Cozzens keeps enough emotional distance between himself and Pope that he can show Pope's flaws as well as merits.
luisRED
As any good biographer does, Cozzens uses the primary documents to paint a portrait of his subject. The result is superb: an honest presentation of John Pope that his greatest detractors would find impossible to dispute. You may think the same of Pope after this book, but you will at least have the context to know you are mistaken.
Dikus
well written. good research
Anyshoun
The fault of this book is that so little is written about Pope's career and life prior to the Civil War. From that point onward, however, it is a well-written and comprehensive in its coverage of the general. Though sympathetic to the general, the author is not remiss in including information that is not at
all complimentary. The author's coverage of the controversies over 2nd Manassas and the FitzJohn Porter court martial is balanced. This battle is accurately portrayed in Pope's case as a general who had been promoted above his capabilities. His service earlier in the war in Missouri and later in the war against the Sioux is depicted as very competent. Pope is also shown to have been "reasonable" as a reconstruction era commander in the South. His postwar activities on the Plains is shown to have also been very competent and his ideas on Indian affairs as both practical and, for the times, advanced. This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in the Civil War.
Tehn
This is a very readable biography of General John Pope. Cozzens always writes well, and this book is no exception. Naturally, Cozzens devotes considerable attention to the Second Battle of Bull Run, and frankly acknowledges that Pope made a number of mistakes. Of course, as the other reviewer said, to fight Lee, Jackson, and Longstreet with such feeble subordinates as Banks and Sigel, and with no help from McClellan, was probably beyond the capacity of any Union general in 1862.

The most interesting parts of the book for me were the discussions of Pope's life before and after Second Bull Run; specifically, his early life, the capture of Island Number Ten, and the campaigns against the Indians during and after the war. I knew relatively little about any of these issues. Pope's ideas on the treatment of the Indians came as something of a surprise given what I knew of his bombast during the war. I do think that Pope could have been better used during the war, even after Bull Run - after all, both Burnside and Hooker were actively employed against the Confederates after Lee thrashed them.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Civil War!
General John Pope: A LIFE FOR THE NATION download epub
Leaders & Notable People
Author: Peter Cozzens
ISBN: 0252072596
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Language: English
Publisher: University of Illinois Press (April 4, 2005)
Pages: 440 pages