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The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomattox: Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers [Signed First Edition]

Waugh, John C. [Foreward by James M. McPherson]

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ISBN 10: 0446515949 / ISBN 13: 9780446515948
Published by Warner Books, New York, 1994
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Title: The Class of 1846: From West Point to ...

Publisher: Warner Books, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Printing.

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No single class of West Point--or possibly any academy--has been so indelibly written into history as the one that graduated form the US Military Academy at West Point in 1846. It fought in three wars, produced 20 generals, and left the nation a lasting legacy of bravery, brilliance, and bloodshed. THE CLASS OF 1846 is the fascinating chronicle of this singular group of men, their training their personalities, and the events in which they made their name and met their fate. In this book, we come to know the Class of 1846 intimately, not only as individuals but as members of a brotherhood linked inseparably by a shared history. From the day they arrive at West Point to their baptism as soldiers in the Mexican War and in the Indian campaigns of the the day they turn their guns against one another in the bloodiest of all American wars, you will meet: George B. McClellan. Bright, confident, and affable, aristocratic Philadelphian shines as the star of the class. Great things are expected of him; only later would the disappointments set in. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. Taciturn, eccentric, and unprepossessing, western Virginia mountain boy. Tom Jackson is accepted at the last minute only after another candidate drops out. In the first year, he passes by the skin of his teeth. No one expects much at all of "Old Jack." But he would surprise them at the Point, and he would surprise them even more 20 years later--with deadly consequences. A. P. Hill. At school, George McClellan and A. P. Hill are roommates for a time and best friends always. Even their rivalry for the hand of the lovely Miss Ellen Marcy (who first became engaged to Hill, but married McClellan) could not tear them apart. At Antietam, McClellan and his Union soldiers would bear the brunt of his Confederate roommate's pounding attack. We'll also meet: George Pickett, George Henry Gordon, John Gibbon and many more who shaped our nation's history

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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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