By Donald B. Connelly

within the first complete biography of Lieutenant basic John McAllister Schofield (1831-1906), Donald B. Connelly examines the profession of 1 of the best commanders within the western theater in the course of the Civil struggle. In doing so, Connelly illuminates the position of politics within the formula of army coverage, in the course of either struggle and peace, within the latter half the 19th century.

Connelly relates how Schofield, as a division commander through the battle, needed to do something about contending political factions that sought to form army and civil rules. Following the warfare, Schofield occupied each senior place within the army--including secretary of struggle and commanding common of the army--and grew to become a number one champion of military reform and professionalism. He used to be the 1st senior officer to acknowledge that professionalism may come now not from the separation of politics and the army yet from the army's lodging of politics and the customarily contentious American constitutional procedure.

Seen in the course of the lens of Schofield's broad army profession, the heritage of yank civil-military kinfolk has seldom concerned clash among the army and civil authority, Connelly argues. The significant query hasn't ever been no matter if to have civilian keep watch over yet particularly which civilians have a say within the formula and execution of policy.

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