Orlando M. Poe
Civil War General and Great Lakes EngineereBook - 2009
Recipient of the Library of Michigan's 2010 Notable Books award -- The first biography of Sherman?s chief engineer and the man whose post?Civil War engineering work changed Great Lakes navigation forever -- Orlando M. Poe chronicles the life of one of the most influential yet underrated and overlooked soldiers during the Civil War. After joining the Union Army in 1861, Poe commanded the 2nd Michigan Infantry in the Peninsula Campaign and led brigades at Second Bull Run and Fredericksburg. He was then sent west and became one of the Union heroes in the defense of Knoxville. Poe served under several of the war?s greatest generals, including George McClellan and William T. Sherman, who appointed him chief engineer to oversee the burning of Atlanta and Sherman?s March to the Sea. Though technically only a captain in the regular army at the war?s end, Poe was one of Sherman?s most valued subordinates, and he was ultimately appointed brevet brigadier general for his bravery and service.
Publisher: Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, c2009.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 354 p.)