By William Gardner Bell; Center of Military History
From the Foreword: management is of surpassing value of fingers. Judgment, competence, and braveness frequently count number for greater than armed may on my own achieve good fortune. Generalship is thoroughly studied via squaddies who will lead males in strive against, whether they aspire to general-officer rank themselves. over the years our relatively younger military has built a magnificent checklist of senior officials who've ably validated the significance of management in making an attempt conditions. This quantity bargains a distinct glimpse of the commanding generals and chiefs of employees who've lead the USA military in peace and struggle. Their upward thrust in the course of the degrees of management to the top in their occupation finds either extraordinary parallels and interesting contrasts. because the author's introductory research makes transparent, their tasks have developed over greater than 2 hundred and thirty years. even supposing the basic components of management stay unchanged, the complexity of expertise and employees association has elevated substantially over the years. The structure of this quantity combines biographical sketches with the formally detailed pix of the commanding generals and chiefs of employees, observed by way of short bills at the artists. As a facet of the artwork heritage that has endured for greater than 3 centuries, those legitimate photographs upload an attractive and revealing size to the biographer's phrases. This quantity not just celebrates the legacy of commitment and patriotism left by way of those leaders but additionally complements our figuring out of army management on the maximum degrees. I commend it to the eye of all scholars of our profession. �Read more...
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The president had chosen well. Born at Canton, New York, in 1845, Elihu Root had graduated from Hamilton College there and moved on to New York University Law School and admission to the bar. After a year with the firm of Mann and Parsons he established his own office, developing a practice around cases involving banks, railroads, wills and estates, but later specializing in cases involving municipal government and corporate law. ”83 Long active in local politics in New York, the cabinet post now drew him onto the national scene.
S. ] 126. O. O. ]58 The dichotomy that placed the military establishment under the commanding general for discipline and control and under the secretary and the staff bureaus for fiscal affairs perpetuated the command problem. “Basic to the controversy was an assertion of the primacy of the line over the staff departments, for which there was a theoretical foundation in the developing conception of war as a science and the practice of that science as the sole purpose of military forces. Since the Army existed only to fight, it followed that its organization, training, and every activity should be directed to the single end of efficiency in combat.
One day after his inauguration on 4 March 1869 he promoted Lieutenant General William T. Sherman to full general and commanding general of the Army. Major General Philip H. 50 Like his three immediate predecessors, William Tecumseh Sherman had graduated from the United States Military Academy. Commissioned in 1840, he held various assignments in the southern states and then served as an aide and adjutant in the East and in California during the Mexican War. He resigned in 1853 to try his hand at banking and law, but his lack of success turned him to the more compatible and more successful occupation of superintendent of a military college in Louisiana.