Like many other volunteer officers, James A. Garfield lacked military experience, but made up for it in enthusiasm, ambition, and natural talent. Today, he has a chance to prove it.
A professor at what is now
In December, the 42nd
Garfield, the amateur soldier, had about 1,800 infantrymen, 300 cavalrymen, and no artillery. His opponent is CSA Brig. Gen. Humphrey Marshall, a graduate of
But the Confederates are demoralized, tired and weak from hunger.
It was a minor affair, but a signal achievement for an untested amateur soldier. It brought praise from Buell (“These services have called into action the highest qualities of a soldier—perseverance and courage.”). And, because
But there is one area of his life where
ELSEWHERE IN THE WAR: Stonewall Jackson’s Confederate cavalry enters Romney, in the panhandle section of western
In Ulysses S. Grant’s district near
IT’S COMING SOONER THAN YOU THINK:
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