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The Army Under Pope

The Army Under Pope by John Codman Ropes
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"On every page ... there is abundant evidence that the author is not so much concerned about the reputation of the commanding general, as about historical truth. It is needless to say that, investigated in this spirit, both campaigns prove to be total failures... In attempting to fix the responsibility of these defeats, we believe that ... they are invaluable from the fact that they lead people to think of these campaigns, not as an eternal controversy for or against..., but as an epoch of the war in which these officers failed of success, from causes partly within and partly beyond their own control... Histories of the war written in the judicial spirit of nearly all the chapters of those so far published in this series have been looked for, and they will quickly take their place as standards." -- The Century, vol. 23, issue 4 (Feb 1882).

John Codman Ropes was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, 28 April, 1836. He graduated at Harvard in 1857 and from law school in 1861. He took a great interest in military history and contributed to the publications of the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts and various periodicals. He also wrote The First Napoleon, a Sketch, Political and Military (1885).

Digital Scanning, Inc.; October 2001
247 pages; ISBN 9781582185620
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Title: The Army Under Pope
Author: John Codman Ropes