Winfield Scott: The Quest for Military Glory by Timothy D. Johnson (Paperback, 2015)
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- DescriptionOne of the most important public figures in antebellum America, Winfield Scott is kwn today more for his swagger than his sword. Old Fuss-and-Feathers was a brilliant military commander whose tactics and strategy were invative adaptations from European military theory; yet he was often under appreciated by his contemporaries and until recently overlooked by historians. While John Eisenhower's Agent of Destiny provides a solid summary of Scott's remarkable life, Timothy D. Johnson's much deeper critical exploration of this flawed genius should become the standard work. Thoroughly grounded in an essential understanding of nineteenth-century military professionalism, it draws extensively on unpublished sources in order to reveal neglected aspects of Scott's life, present a more complete view of his career, and accurately balance criticism and praise. Johnson dramatically relates the key features of Scott's career: how he led troops to victory in the War of 1812 and the Mexican War, fought against the Semiles and Creeks, and was instrumental in professionalizing the U.S. Army, which he commanded for two decades. He also tells how Scott tried to introduce French methods into army tactical manuals, and how he applied his study of the Napoleonic Wars during the Mexico City Campaign but found European strategy of little use against Indians. Johnson further suggests that Scott's creation of an officer corps that boasted Grant, Lee, McClellan and other veterans of the Mexican War raises important questions about his influence on Civil War generalship. More than a military history, this book tells how Scott's aristocratic pretensions placed him at odds with emerging tions of equality in Jacksonian America and made him an unappealing politician in his bid for the presidency. Johnson t only recounts the facets of Scott's personality that alienated nearly everyone who knew him but also reveals the unsavory methods he used to promote his career and the scandalous ways he attempted to relieve his lifelong financial troubles. Although his legendary vanity has tarnished his place among American military leaders, Scott is shown to have possessed great talent and courage. Johnson's biography offers the most balanced portrait available of Scott by never losing sight of the whole man.
- Author BiographyTimothy D. Johnson is university research professor at Lipscomb University in Nashville, USA.
- Author(s)Timothy D. Johnson
- PublisherUniversity Press of Kansas
- Date of Publication30/07/2015
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Series TitleModern War Studies
- Place of PublicationKansas
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity Press of Kansas
- Content Note16 illustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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