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By David J. Fitzpatrick

Emory Upton (1839–1881) is widely known as certainly one of America’s so much influential army thinkers. His works—The Armies of Asia and Europe and The army coverage of the United States—fueled the army’s highbrow ferment within the past due 19th century and guided Secretary of conflict Elihu Root’s reforms within the early 1900s. but as David J. Fitzpatrick contends, Upton is additionally greatly misunderstood as an antidemocratic militaristic zealot whose principles have been “too Prussian” for the US. during this first complete biography in approximately part a century, Fitzpatrick, the major authority on Upton, appreciably revises our view of this significant determine in American army thought.

A religious Methodist farm boy from upstate long island, Upton attended the us army Academy at West element and served within the Civil warfare. His use of a mass infantry assault to wreck the accomplice traces at Spotsylvania Courthouse in 1864 pointed out him as a emerging determine within the U.S. military. Upton’s next paintings on army businesses in Asia and Europe, commissioned through Commanding normal William T. Sherman, motivated the army’s flip towards a eu, principally German perfect of soldiering as a career. but it was once this similar textual content, in addition to Upton’s Military coverage of the United States, that still propelled the misinterpretations of Upton—first through a few contemporaries, and extra lately via famous historians Stephen Ambrose and Russell Weigley. through displaying Upton’s commitment to the appropriate of the citizen-soldier and putting him in the context of latest army, political, and highbrow discourse, Fitzpatrick exhibits how Upton’s principles truly grew out of an American military-political tradition.

Emory Upton: Misunderstood Reformer clarifies Upton’s effect at the military by way of supplying a brand new and worthy figuring out of the military’s highbrow course at a serious juncture in American history.

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