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Book Report Lincoln and His Generals Author Williams T Harry Harry T Williams was born on May 19 1909 When in college he was encouraged by a professor to study history This professors main interest was the Civil War era and had a great effect on Williams He attended Platteville State Teachers College later Wisconsin State University at Platteville where he received a BEd in 1931 Williams continued education into graduate school was mainly due to the lack of work during the Great Depression He went on to earn a PhM in 1932 and PhD in 1937 from the University of Wisconsin Dawson 431 Lincoln and His Generals was the breakthrough book for Williams who had only written one book previously This book provided him with many national and local acclaims He book was on the best seller list he received rave reviews in national publications and scholarly awards where he was teaching at the time LSU He would go on to become a very respected writer during his forty-year career He would also win the Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for his book Huey Long 437 Williams main theme in Lincoln and His Generals is about the Civil War being the first modern war and Lincolns function in the position of President He introduces the state of the Union army as one that has no shape to it This includes the lack of any plan of attack as the thought of war had not been translated into any type of scheme The armies lacked organization and communication and existing qualified generals were old and inept The first task that Lincoln had was the immediate selection of Generals Lincolns selection process was sometimes based on political and personal grounds and he was in the position of selecting from a pool of generals that had no experience leading a large army Williams tells us that even if the selection was for political
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