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The Class of 1846 (1994)

by John C. Waugh

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No single group of men at West Point--or possibly any academy--has been so indelibly written into history as the class of 1846. The names are legendary: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, George B. McClellan, Ambrose Powell Hill, Darius Nash Couch, George Edward Pickett, Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox, and George Stoneman. The class fought in three wars, produced twenty generals, and left the nation a lasting legacy of bravery, brilliance, and bloodshed. This fascinating, remarkably intimate chronicle traces the lives of these unforgettable men--their training, their personalities, and the events in which they made their names and met their fates. Drawing on letters, diaries, and personal accounts, John C. Waugh has written a collective biography of masterful proportions, as vivid and engrossing as fiction in its re-creation of these brilliant figures and their pivotal roles in American history.… (more)
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Great read - well written - Enhances my understanding of the Civil War ( )
  busterrll | Sep 27, 2014 |
This book focuses on the West Point Class of 1846 which had a number of future Civil War generals in it including Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan, A.P. Hill, and George Pickett. It was incredibly interesting, yet somewhat uneven. I have never read a character study about these men and I learned a lot about who they were as men. The chapter about Jackson and Ewell (The Odd Couple) is one of the best things I've read in a long, long time. The author;s style is what was uneven. He writes very accessibly, but it seems at points to vary between a book and someone who loves history telling stories to a classroom. This is a minor quibble, but it's something I caught several times throughout. That said, it's a very unique way of looking at some major figures of the Civil War and I'm glad to have read it and can recommend it to you. ( )
  sergerca | Sep 15, 2013 |
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No single group of men at West Point--or possibly any academy--has been so indelibly written into history as the class of 1846. The names are legendary: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, George B. McClellan, Ambrose Powell Hill, Darius Nash Couch, George Edward Pickett, Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox, and George Stoneman. The class fought in three wars, produced twenty generals, and left the nation a lasting legacy of bravery, brilliance, and bloodshed. This fascinating, remarkably intimate chronicle traces the lives of these unforgettable men--their training, their personalities, and the events in which they made their names and met their fates. Drawing on letters, diaries, and personal accounts, John C. Waugh has written a collective biography of masterful proportions, as vivid and engrossing as fiction in its re-creation of these brilliant figures and their pivotal roles in American history.

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