From Capitol Hill and West Point: an examination of Ulysses S. Grant’s subordinate generals

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Show simple item record Dudley, Eric 2012-04-20T12:43:16Z 2012-04-20T12:43:16Z 2012-04-20
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the relationships of Ulysses S. Grant and four of his subordinate generals. Ultimately, it is a command study of General Grant that analyzes how he managed his subordinates. The four individuals that this thesis examines are John Alexander McClernand, John Alexander Logan, James Birdseye McPherson, and Gouverneur Kemble Warren. These individuals provide an excellent balance between professional generals from West Point and volunteer generals with political backgrounds. The survey also balances the degrees of success experience by the four subordinates. The thesis traces each subordinate general during the Civil War, their relationship with Grant, and evaluates Grant’s management of each individual. Finally, the thesis identifies certain characteristics that Grant sought in a subordinate general. Taken as a whole, the thesis provides several lessons on the politics of the Union Army’s command structure during the Civil War, thoroughly covers the experiences of each individual subordinate while serving under Grant, and offers valuable insight on the overall generalship of Ulysses S. Grant. The thesis concludes that Grant was an effective manager of his subordinate generals and that his management also transcended his personal preference of West Point graduates. The thesis also identifies proper subordination, aggressive command style, the ability to effectively and efficiently carry out his orders, and trustworthiness as the qualities that Grant sought in his subordinates. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Grant en_US
dc.subject Subordinate en_US
dc.subject McClernand en_US
dc.subject McPherson en_US
dc.subject Logan en_US
dc.subject Warren en_US
dc.title From Capitol Hill and West Point: an examination of Ulysses S. Grant’s subordinate generals en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of History en_US
dc.description.advisor Charles Sanders en_US
dc.subject.umi Military History (0722) en_US 2012 en_US May en_US

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