Synopses & Reviews
William B. Feis offers us the first scholarly examination of the use of military intelligence under Ulysses S. Grants command during the Civil War. Feis makes the new and provocative argument that Grants use of the Army of the Potomacs Bureau of Military Information played a significant role in Lees defeat. Feiss work articulately rebuts accusations by Grants detractors that his battlefield successes involved little more than the bludgeoning of an undermanned and outgunned opponent.
"Feis has produced the most useful study of Grant's generalship yet written. . . . In tracing Grant's collection, analysis, and integration of intelligence into his operations from Belmont to Appomattox, Feis has gone beyond the traditional focus on character and personality that has characterized most writing about the great captains of the Civil War. He gives the reader an exceptional and much-needed account of the professional development of a man who should be called the first modern American general."-State of North Carolina Department of Natural Resources(State of North Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Oct 1 2002 )
"In this intelligent, informed, and copiously detailed account, Feis (history, Buena Vista Univ.) counters the common view that Ulysses Grant disdained military intelligence and fought on intuition alone by showing that Grant slowly acquired respect for and reliance on intelligence as the complexity and range of war widened and as intelligence gathering improved. . . . Feis's book offers the first full-dress study of military intelligence and Grant's command. It also provides an essential primer on the ways intelligence was gathered and assessed during the war."-Library Journal(Library Journal, Mar 15 2002 )
"[A] magisterial analysis of Ulysses Grant's acquisition and use of military intelligence from his first days in command to the end of the war in Virginia. . . . Feis makes comprehensive use of archival and published sources to show how Grant tried to 'keep himself posted.'"-Publishers Weekly(Publishers Weekly, Feb 11 2002 )
About the Author
William B. Feis is an associate professor of history at Buena Vista University.