In the decades that followed the American Civil War, artist James E. Kelly (1855-1933) conducted in-depth interviews with more than 40 Union generals in an effort to accurately portray them in their greatest moment of glory."I had always felt a great lack of certain personal details," Kelly explained. "I made up my mind to ask from the living officers every question that I would have asked Washington or his generals had they posed for me, such as what they considered the principal incidents in their career and particulars about costumes and surroundings." When, during one interview, a general declared, "I don't see how you can show this in a picture," Kelly responded: "Just tell me the facts, and I'll attend to the picture." By recording those stirring facts, Kelly left us a truly unique picture of the great figures of the American Civil War.More
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This has everything I love in a history book.
- Marian Fernald
Perhaps, if they wanted a first person/second hand take on people from the ACW.
It's fairly unique. Maybe compare it to a modern celebrity autobiography, where there's a lot of name-dropping.
Sure. Good straightforward narration without any extraneous puffery.
Hmmm. Probably, but just because of the subject matter.
At times very interesting, at other times maddening. Author has contact with major figures of the American Civil War, but never really gets deep into questioning them. We get some insight, but much of the insight has to do with how the various generals treated Styple and not because of anything that he discussed with them.
- Bodacious Wonderment