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OVER LINCOLN'S SHOULDER: THE COMMITTEE ON THE CONDUCT OF THE WAR., Tap, Bruce.

Author Name    Tap, Bruce.

Title   OVER LINCOLN'S SHOULDER: THE COMMITTEE ON THE CONDUCT OF THE WAR.

Book Condition   Very Good+

Jacket Condition   Very Good

Publisher   Lawrence University Press of Kansas 1998

ISBN Number    0700608710 / 9780700608713

Seller ID   24179

319 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). "Shortly after the beginning of the Civil War, Congress established the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War to investigate such matters as military contracts, trade with the enemy, treatment of the wounded, and the causes of Union defeat. But its greatest efforts were directed toward a more vigorous war effort - endorsing emancipation, the use of black soldiers, and the appointment of fighting generals - leading President Lincoln to fear that this watchdog committee would become little more than an 'engine of agitation'. (It) generated controversy throughout the war, and its legacy sparks debate even today over whether it invigorated or hampered the Union war effort. In the wake of both critical and sympathetic appraisals, Bruce Tap now offers the first history of the committee's activities, focusing on the nature of its power and influence on military policy in order to show conclusively what the ultimate impact really was. Tap presents solid evidence, including examples of contact between Congress and the military, to show that the committee produced little good and no small amount of harm. The committee's principal members entertained simplistic notions about warfare that led to rash judgments about its conduct and because its goals were congruent with Republican ideology, its principal criterion in evaluating military leadership was adherence to antislavery beliefs. As a result, (it) polarized Congress and the army, limited strategic options, demoralized the Union's top generals, and inflated the reputations of incompetent soldiers. As Tap demonstrates, it was in many ways a serious impediment to the war effort, due not to its fanatacism or vindictiveness, as some historians have suggested, but rather to its members' total ignorance of military matters. (This book) is a revisionist account that corrects prevailing images of the relationship between Republican politicians and the army during the Civil War. By examining the conflict between Congress's constitutional right to investigate and the impropiety of its actions, the book raises questions that are applicable today about the ability of legislative bodies to function in areas where specialized knowledge is required." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has a few areas of very light edge wrinkling, 1 1/2" tear at top of front hinge - archivally repaired, light rubbing.

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