Mr. Lincoln's Army (Army of the Potomac Trilogy Book 1) by Bruce Catton

Mr. Lincoln's Army (Army of the Potomac Trilogy Book 1)

A magnificent history of the opening years of the Civil War by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Bruce CattonThe first book in Bruce Catton’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Army of the Potomac Trilogy, Mr. Lincoln’s Army is a riveting history of the early years of the Civil War, when a fledgling Union Army took its stumbling first steps under the command of the controversial general George McClellan. Following the secession of the Southern states, a ...

Details Mr. Lincoln's Army (Army of the Potomac Trilogy Book 1)

TitleMr. Lincoln's Army (Army of the Potomac Trilogy Book 1)
Release DateNov 3rd, 2015
PublisherOpen Road Media
GenreHistory, Military History, Civil War, Nonfiction, American History, American Civil War, North American Hi..., Military, War

Reviews Mr. Lincoln's Army (Army of the Potomac Trilogy Book 1)

  • Eric
    Cyril Connolly noted the depressive effect of numerous and exhaustive biographies of hard-luck poets—reading yet another life of Baudelaire “we know, with each move into a cheap hotel, exactly how many cheap hotels lie ahead of him.” Mr. Lincoln’s Army makes me feel that way. Catton’s masterly narration envelopes you—the skirmish lines went down the slope, each man in the line separated from his fellows by half a dozen paces, holding ...
  • Richard
    This is the first of about thirteen books which Bruce Catton wrote about the Civil War, during the 1950's and 1960's. Don't let their original publishing dates bias your opinion of the worth of Catton's books. Surely, much more scholarship has been conducted on the subject since then, and a tsunami of Civil War books continues to be published each year. However, no one has ever written with more economy of prose or clearness of thought on the sub...
  • Nick T. Borrelli
    Didn't like this one as much as Shelby Foote's epic trilogy but still very good.
  • Bill Rogers
    Many years ago my mother belonged to a monthly book club of some kind. Among the other cheap, pulp-paper editions she got were a complete Sherlock Holmes and Bruce Catton's Army of the Potomac , consisting of Mr. Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, and A Stillness at Appomattox. I think she got them because she thought they would interest me. These books have almost obsessed me ever since.As its name suggests, this trilogy follows the fortunes and (most...
  • Colin Mitchell
    The first book in Bruce Catton's civil war trilogy which I picked up from a recommendation in Goodreads. This is the story of General McClellan's time at the head of the Army of the Potomac. It takes him through his troubles with General Pope and political strife with Washington, the campaign in the South Carolina penninsular and back northward ending at the Battle of Antietam. I found this a book written in a moving and readable style. The bitte...
  • Mike Edwards
    If you think that history has to be dry or boring, then you only need to read Bruce Catton's Army of the Potomoc Trilogy to see how it should be done. Catton's characters come to life as well as any fictional novel, even though he's writing about real people and the things they actually did. The trilogy is older, and modern scholarship has revealed some small inaccuracies in Catton's work, but the series is so well-written that it remains a usefu...
  • James
    One of the all-time great Civil War historians, and the first book of a trilogy that was his best work. Anyone who is interested in the Civil War should read this trilogy
  • Thompson
    The book focuses on the Army of the Potomac from just before the Second Battle of Bull Run until just after the brutal battle of Antietem. This account makes McClellan a lot more sympathetic than most history accounts. Still, McClellan was a flawed, yet much beloved (by his troops) general.The book does a great job of showing the North's soldiers transition from naïve to serious fighters. The courage of both North and South during the one day ba...
  • Duncan
    Well-written account of the early years of the Army of the Potomac, focusing in particular on McClellan and his peculiar character defects, and ending with a meticulously described account of Antietam. Offers a detailed account not only of the progress of the war but of what it was like to be a soldier--the daily privations and indignities and occasional reprieves, etc.
  • George Sr.
    An excellent history of the Army of the Potomac up to the conclusion of the Battle of Antietam. Filled with human-interest anecdotes about the men of Mr. Lincoln's Army from buck private to major general.
  • E Sano
    A fantastic introduction to the Civil War. Not only the battles, but the politics, also, which are as (or more) important than the battles. While occasionally long-winded (no one writes this way, anymore) it is never boring and is always concise. Highly recommended.
  • Jason R. Gross
    An ok readNot Bruce catton best book about the civil war goes all over about some of the battles from five oaks to the battle of sharpsburg, also tells you about the food rations and about the smooth bore and rifled cannons. Also talks about the politics in Washington d.c.
  • Bret Dahlquist
    Very interesting account of the war through the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.
  • Avarill
    Amazing recounting of the early days of the Army of the Potomac. Never before in US history has a group of great men been led by so many incompetent men. Immensely frustrating, yet instructive.
  • Shelly♥
    Loved this book in audio. Catton is an excellent storyteller.
  • Gerry Germond
    This is the first in a trilogy about the Army of the Potomac, the Federal Army which carried out most of the Union’s war in the Eastern theater of the Civil War, that is, Virginia. It is not a detailed play-by-play of the battles; the reader will not learn how each brigade or each regiment was deployed, and the number of casualties it inflicted or received. Rather, it is the story of the army as a whole and its experiences, although individual ...
  • Tommy /|\
    Let me be open, clear and honest here at the start - I am not a Civil War buff whatsoever. My knowledge of the Civil War comes from the old, musty lectures of History teachers in my Junior High School and High School classes - along with a single US History class early in my collegiate career. My knowledge of the Civil War is essentially truncated neatly into an relatively small understanding of why, names of primary individuals of interest, and ...
  • Joe
    Bruce Catton is one of my favorite Civil War authors - along with Shelby Foote - and thankfully I don't have to make the choice between the two. Catton's books are labeled "narrative" history - combining history, battle scenes, anecdotes, first-person descriptions, analysis and mini-bios of the historical figures involved - all tied together in great narratives with excellent writing and compelling "story telling". Reading a book by Catton is sim...
  • Kurt
    Bruce Catton's writing succeeds not only in describing the mechanics of history, but most importantly by allowing readers to relate emotionally, whether it's excitement, fear, respect, or sadness. Writing in the preface about an old one-armed Civil War veteran he had known growing up in Michigan, "This aged berry-peddler, for instance, who lost his arm in the Wilderness: he had never told me about the wounded men who were burned to death in the f...
  • Larry
    The rating for this book really doesn't reflect the degree to which I enjoyed reading it. I've read a lot of American Civil War related books and this definitely has something to offer interested readers, but it is also the most unevenly written book I have encountered. The author is particularly skilled -- outstanding even -- at presenting narrative vignettes surrounding historical events, such as battles. Unlike, Stephen Ambrose, for instance, ...
  • Karen
    Oh phooey. This was a great book and it's one of a series, so now I have to get the other books so I can read the rest of the series. Catton is one of our foremost historians on The Civil War. I'm late getting into this war, though I've read a lot of books in the past on mainly the First World War, and some on the Second World War. But I've read a lot of books about Lincoln, and wanted to understand all of the background behind the war, and the m...
  • Dave
    This is the first book of a trilogy by author Bruce Catton about the Civil War exploits of the Army of the Potomac. Its a wonderfully written account of the period from the summer after the start of the war (April 12, 1861) to when its first commander, George McClellan, was permanently relieved by President Lincoln on November 5, 1862. This period included the battles of Seven Pines, Seven Days, Second Manassas (Bull Run), South Mountain, and Ant...
  • Joshua
    A decent overview of the Army of the Potomac from its formation after the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861 to the Battle of Antietam and McClellan's dismissal in 1862. Catton is very good at describing people and places, but for me the narrative was often interrupted by his monologues about the future of the army and explaining what the war means for modern readers. While some of his thoughts about the changing nature of the war, especially after...
  • Gmaharriet
    This particular edition of Mr. Lincoln's Army, the 1st volume of the Army of the Potomac series, also contains the 2nd volume of the trilogy, Glory Road. I'm not sure how it got in there, because the book was not advertised as two volumes in one.It's wonderful reading. Bruce Catton writes so well and so wittily, you'd almost think it was fiction. He brings the officers to life (and death) and has a real feeling for the common foot soldier. You al...
  • Eric
    I am a big Bruce Cattonfan. This was perhaps the first Catton Civil War book I read, having acquired the book randomly. I later read all of Catton's major Civil War works, and extended my reading to Shelby Foote (Author), Henry Steele Commager andJames M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. The Civil War as told by Catton has for me a haunting, mixed quality of incredible bravery (both sides), with horrible self-destruc...
  • Andrew
    I'd held off on reading Bruce Catton's books for a while, because they're kind of old. I was worried that they'd be dated, compared to newer materials that are available. Now I wonder why I waited so long! Catton won a Pulitzer for a reason, he's a great writer! He conveys the problems of the day really well, and does an excellent job of putting the reader in the mindset of the people who were making the important decisions back in the 1860s. Cat...
  • Robert Fisher
    This was a great overview of the Eastern Theater of the Civil War. It combines first person accounts with general descriptions of the events well. It also interjects some background history when necessary, to ensure the reader fully understands the history.I do not recommend for readers unfamiliar with Civil War history. It narrates in a way that assumes the reader already knows the timeline of events to follow. However, this is one of the last p...
  • Dan
    Well i just loved this book, not because it seems to be the definitive work on the civil war, a great bibliography, superb footnotes and fantastic anecdotes, but this kind of stuff is just really fascinating to me. I think for its time (1950's), it is very well researched and just really compacted with relevant data and story lines. Caton follows the Army of the potomac from the end of the first battle at Manasses to the end of Antietem and McCle...
  • Monte Lamb
    I first read Bruce Catton when I was still in grade and middle schools and he is still my favorite author on the Civil War. This book covers the Army of The Potomac from the time General McClellan takes command after First Bull Run until after Antietam where he was relieved. The author's style tells the story while painting a picture that takes the events and makes them come to life. He never gets bogged down in just reporting what the units are ...