496 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 16 halftones, 7 maps, appends., notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6185-8
Published: March 2021
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-6186-5
Published: February 2021
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This revealing new biography by William Marvel cuts through received wisdom to show Fitz John Porter as he was: a respected commander whose distinguished career was ruined by political machinations within Lincoln's administration. Marvel lifts the cloud that shadowed Porter over the last four decades of his life, exposing the spiteful Radical Republicans who refused to restore his rank long after his exoneration and never restored his benefits. Reexamining the relevant primary evidence from the full arc of Porter's life and career, Marvel offers significant insights into the intersections of politics, war, and memory.
About the Author
Award-winning historian William Marvel is the author of many books about the American Civil War, including Lincoln's Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton and, most recently, Lincoln's Mercenaries: Economic Motivation among Union Soldiers during the Civil War.
For more information about William Marvel, visit the Author Page.
"Illuminating, insightful, and persuasive; the amount of detail is truly impressive, both in the descriptions of military operations and in the chronicling of the tortured path Porter had to travel to redemption."--Ethan S. Rafuse, author of Manassas: A Battlefield Guide and editor of Corps Commanders in Blue: Union Major Generals in the Civil War
"William Marvel’s wonderfully crafted biography of Fitz John Porter presents a spirited tale of intrigue, prejudice, deception, and politics. Marvel’s close and skeptical reading of the sources along with a richly detailed account of the whole Porter controversy based on careful and meticulous research will please the most demanding students of Civil War history. This beautifully written and at times moving story deserves a wide readership."--George C. Rable, author of Damn Yankees! Demonization and Defiance in the Confederate South