But I lost confidence in the author's fairness with all the things that he seems to read into correspondence of both Crook and his military colleagues. January, February and March are notoriously low ad revenue months online. When the Civil War came, he fought in a variety of departments--including battle in the West at Chattanooga , in the East West Virginia and with the Army of the Potomac. He was outstanding as a cavalry commander as well as an infantry officer. I was extremely disappointed in this author's approach to his subject. The second volume focuses on his Indian fighting career.
In early 1863, Crook and his command were transferred from western Virginia to the Army of the Cumberland in Tennessee. The author did take the time to look at various sources to determine where Crook or others such as Sheridan overstated blame or fame from various events which you want in from any good history book. He soon rose to the rank of major general and received four brevet promotions for bravery and meritorious service. He was a key actor in Sheridan's victory in the Shenandoah Valley at Cedar Creek. Magid will see ambition embedded in the general's own writings, decisions and actions and then share a story that clearly demonstrates Crook's indifference to praise, or his deference toward subordinates who are more deserving of praise.
I thought the general deserved better and a little more credit. I will often use such information in books where it is provided to read further. This first of a two-volume biography offers insight into the influences that later would make this general both a nemesis of the Indian tribes and their ardent advocate, and illuminates the personality of this most enigmatic and eccentric of army officers. Crook's first active Civil War command was colonel of the 36th Ohio, an infantry regiment assigned to the wilds of western Virginia. Two days later, fighting at Rohrbach Bridge on Antietam battlefield, he poorly handled his unit and responsibilities.
Much has been written about General George Crook's career fighting western Indian tribes in the 1870s and 1880s including his own autobiography , but Paul Magid's military biography George Crook: From the Redwoods to Appomattox takes the novel approach of closely following the Ohioan's earlier professional life, from company command in the Pacific Northwest to successive regiment, brigade, and division leaderships during the Civil War. Along the way, he led both infantry and cavalry, pioneered innovations in guerrilla warfare, conducted raids deep into enemy territory, and endured a kidnapping by Confederate partisans. Magid sees criticisms of Indian culture. But it's anachronistic and improper to pass judgement on the actions of someone who lived their lives 150 years ago and judge them based on standards that didn't exist in their day nor could they have even been imagined to exist. Crook was an excellent tactician, a brave battlefield leader, and an indispensable counter-guerilla leader.
But that career is, to some extent, presaged by Crook's experience with Indians in the West Coast early in his career as a soldier. By focusing his book on Crook's army career prior to 1866, Magid's research allows the reader as good of an understanding of Crook's foundations as is possible under the circumstances. Crook was an excellent tactician, a brave battlefield leader, and an indispensable counter-guerilla leader. Instead of picking up the plow, Crook went to the U. Only with the intervention of fellow Ohioan and longtime acquaintance Gen. Though acknowledging Crook's overall command responsibility in terms of post security, the author is not highly critical of the general's role in his own capture. I thought his criticisms of Crook's character not sufficiently supported.
Along the way, he led both infantry and cavalry, pioneered innovations in guerrilla warfare, conducted raids deep into enemy territory, and endured a kidnapping by Confederate partisans. At the Battle of South Mountain, he commanded a brigade in the Ninth Corps, Army of the Potomac. Magid's work is primarily focused on the Civil War, but Crook's experiences in northern California, Oregon, and Washington are recounted in some detail highlights include the Williamson-Abbot Expedition and the Rogue River War. His service in the Pacific Northwest led him to believe that proficiency with a rifle was essential to a soldier's effectiveness. During the South Mountain and Antietam battles, Crook once again led a brigade, this time with mixed results. This first of a two-volume biography offers insight into the influences that later would make this general both a nemesis of the Indian tribes and their ardent advocate, and illuminates the personality of this most enigmatic and eccentric of army officers.
GeorgeCrook: From the Redwoods to Appomattox By Paul Magid book is also a book that is very popular with servey highest number of sales. Thus, Crook's performance continued to be mixed, though with mistakes masked by overall victory and the patronage of then friend Sheridan. And if you're going to judge white frontiersmen and soldiers for their ethnocentrism, it's only fair that you judge the Indians by those same standards though it would be equally anachronistic. Renowned for his prominent role in the Apache and Sioux wars, General George Crook 1828—90 was considered by William Tecumseh Sherman to be his greatest Indian-fighting general. His courage, leadership, and tactical skills won him the respect and admiration of his commanding officers, including Generals Grant and Sheridan.
The book begins with a straightforward and lean depiction of his family's background and his own growing up in Ohio. Combined with his antebellum Indian fighting service, this guerrilla warfare and scout unit experience would serve Crook well in post-Civil War army operations in the West. Also in the list of references used I would like more description from the author of which books he found particularly useful to him. He recorded these in his autobiography years later. Crook during this time took to learning Native American culture and language which was very rare at the time. This book is recommended not only for those who are interested in the Civil War, but also for those who seek to understand the background of this famous U. George Crook offers insight into the influences that later would make this general both a nemesis of the Indian tribes and their ardent advocate, and it illuminates the personality of this most enigmatic and eccentric of army officers.