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BOOK REVIEW: A CIVIL GENERAL
BY DAVID STINEBECK AND SCANNELL GILL

We hope you enjoy this book review by Teri Davis.



Sometimes the most successful generals are overlooked in the history books for some particular reason. This is the fictionalized account of one of those Union generals who was not in favor with the political powers of the time period.

George Henry Thomas was considered at the time to be the most successful general the Union had. He had a few points against him. The first problem was that the Union commanders did not completely trust the man since he was originally from the South. Although he fought and believed in the preservation of the Union, many of the other commanders just wouldn't trust the man who never lost his southern drawl. Another issue was that General Thomas did what he truly believed was the best decision at the time. This did cause him problems with commanders who were incapable of understanding the situation.

This novel is written from the viewpoint of a young colonel who is working closely with General Thomas. It takes us through each battle as General Thomas viewed the battlefields. Also is the actual character and person of General Thomas who at heart remained a Southern gentleman throughout his career. Though not sympathetic with the Southern views on slavery, General Thomas was sympathetic and actually caring about his troops and treated each and every soldier with with dignity, regardless of their rank. This developed a special relationship and loyalty that his men had for their leader. This loyalty was only equalled with the Southern troops and Robert E. Lee, whom had been a previous close friend of General Thomas prior to the war.

Also brought into view is his background and his family who would have nothing to do with him after he joined the Union forces and his loyal and admiring wife and their relationship together.

This book is truly an act of admiration, respect, and is allowing the recognition that this particular general so richly deserved. Although short, this is truly a magnificent gem which should be read by every military person and every American.

I know that my attitude towards this Union general greatly changed after my reading of A CIVIL GENERAL. (That's a tremendous compliment for one whose mother was from the South and whose great-grandfather fought in Stonewall Jackson's brigade.)

REVIEWED BY TERI DAVIS

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