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 Posted: Mon Jul 7th, 2014 05:10 pm
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I got my Porters mixed up. I was thinking of Fitz John Porter.



 Posted: Sun Jul 13th, 2014 01:17 pm
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OK, here is the best book on the topic of Bull Nelson and Jefferson Davis:

Jefferson Davis in Blue, the Life of Sherman's Relentless Warrior by Nathaniel Hughes Jr and Gordon Whitney, 2002, LSU Press.  Chapter 7 is titled, The Murder of Nelson.



 Posted: Thu Jul 17th, 2014 05:06 pm
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Texas Defender wrote:
   I have waited for some time to see if my choice for the: "Most mistreated" general would appear. It has not, so I will advance it.

   To me, the most mistreated general was Major General William "Bull" Nelson, because he was murdered by Brigadier General Jefferson Columbus Davis.


I have to agree, the most egregious treatment of any General in the war.



 Posted: Sun Aug 10th, 2014 01:16 am
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I agree. I don't know how I had forgotten. And General Davis was never held to account for that remarkable crime. Thanks for the reminder, Wondering!

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I would answer 6. Other: George McClellan.  Here's an article that gives a brief introduction to the background of the attacks on McClellan and that then gives links to online pro-McClellan books and articles:

The Smearing of General George B. McClellan

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GeorgeM wrote: I got my Porters mixed up. I was thinking of Fitz John Porter.

Fitz John Porter's case is a good example of how dishonest and vicious Lincoln and the Radical Republicans could be.  After the disaster at the Battle of Second Bull Run, General Pope, looking for a scapegoat for his own failures, falsely accused Porter of dereliction of duty and cowardice.  Porter's court martial was rigged and he was kicked out of the army.  Years later, long after the war, the Schofield Commission reviewed Porter's case and concluded that his court martial was completely unjustified and that, far from performing poorly at the battle, Porter performed well and in fact kept the defeat from being worse than it could have been.

An eye-opening examination of Porter's case is presented in Otto Eisenschiml's book The Celebrated Case of Fitz John Porter: An American Dreyfus Affair.



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