Monday, June 4, 2007

Sherman's Forgotten General: Henry W. Slocum

by Brian C. Melton

From the publisher:
Henry Warner Slocum, a Union major general who was a corps and army commander in the Civil War, served from the first call for troops until he stood with Sherman to receive Joseph E. Johnston’s surrender after Appomattox. He saw action at Bull Run, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, and by the end of the war, he had taken command of the Army of Georgia, yet historians have largely overlooked this key commander.

Brian Melton has written the first scholarly account of this important general––the first full length biography in nearly a century. Although Slocum is remembered primarily for his lackluster performance at Gettysburg, Melton discloses that there is more to him than current history credits, offering a holistic account of his life to show that his career was much more significant than has been supposed.

Brian C. Melton is Assistant Professor of History at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.