The Quartermaster by Robert O'Harrow Jr.
Montgomery C. Meigs, Lincoln's General, Master Builder of the Union Army

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Writing in a focused, factual style that reflects his journalistic experience, O’Harrow tells a story that is easy to follow. A welcome companion to other examinations of the political and administrative challenges of this turbulent period in American history...
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“The lively story of the Civil War’s most unlikely—and most uncelebrated—genius” (The Wall Street Journal)—General Montgomery C. Meigs, who built the Union Army and was judged by Abraham Lincoln, William Seward, and Edwin Stanton to be the indispensable architect of the Union victory.

Born to a well-to-do, connected family in 1816, Montgomery C. Meigs graduated from West Point as an engineer. He helped build America’s forts and served under Lt. Robert E. Lee to make navigation improvements on the Mississippi River. As a young man, he designed the Washington aqueducts in a city where people were dying from contaminated water. He built the spectacular wings and the massive dome of the brand new US Capitol.

Introduced to President Lincoln by Secretary of State William Seward, Meigs became Lincoln’s Quartermaster, in charge of supplies. It was during the Civil War that Meigs became a national hero. He commanded Ulysses S. Grant’s base of supplies that made Union victories, including Gettysburg, possible. He sustained Sherman’s army in Georgia, and the March to the Sea. After the war, Meigs built Arlington Cemetery (on land that had been Robert E. Lee’s home).

Civil War historian James McPherson calls Meigs “the unsung hero of northern victory,” and Robert O’Harrow Jr.’s biography of the victorious general who was never on the battlefield tells the full dramatic story of this fierce, strong, honest, loyal, forward-thinking figure. “An excellent biography…O’Harrow’s thorough, masterfully crafted, and impeccable researched biography is destined to become the authoritative volume on Meigs” (The Civil War Monitor).
 

About Robert O'Harrow Jr.

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Robert O'Harrow, Jr., is a reporter at The Washington Post and an associate of the Center for Investigative Reporting. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for articles on privacy and technology and a recipient of the 2003 Carnegie Mellon Cyber Security Reporting Award. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
 
Published October 25, 2016 by Simon & Schuster. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on May 14 2016

An intermittently engaging biography of a logistics genius whose behind-the-scenes influence did as much to win the war as that of most military commanders.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Michael J. McCann on Oct 24 2016

Writing in a focused, factual style that reflects his journalistic experience, O’Harrow tells a story that is easy to follow. A welcome companion to other examinations of the political and administrative challenges of this turbulent period in American history...

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