By John C. Waugh
No unmarried crew of guys at West Point--or probably any academy--has been so indelibly written into background because the category of 1846. The names are mythical: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, George B. McClellan, Ambrose Powell Hill, Darius Nash sofa, George Edward Pickett, Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox, and George Stoneman. the category fought in 3 wars, produced twenty generals, and left the country an enduring legacy of bravery, brilliance, and bloodshed.
This interesting, remarkably intimate chronicle strains the lives of those unforgettable men--their education, their personalities, and the occasions during which they made their names and met their fates. Drawing on letters, diaries, and private debts, John C. Waugh has written a collective biography of masterful proportions, as shiny and engrossing as fiction in its new version of those awesome figures and their pivotal roles in American background.
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