The Life & Letters of Major General Philip Kearny (1815-1862)
About the Book
The culmination of fifty years of research by Award-winning author and historian William B. Styple, presenting the definitive life story of Major General Philip Kearny—a Battle Soldier of Five Wars.
Phil Kearny was an ideal soldier. The military spirit was born in him, and it was cultivated. He was a man of the dash and of daring, a leader whose presence inspired courage. Trained to the law, and equipped with a large share of worldly goods, he preferred a fighting career to one of the peaceful pursuits. Upon inheriting a fortune at age 21, Kearny forgoes a life of ease to enlist in the 1st U. S. Dragoons serving in the American West.
Sent to France to study the art of war in 1839, Kearny served with the famed Chasseurs d’Afrique in Algeria and later campaigned with the French in Italy in 1859. Despite the loss of an arm in the War with Mexico, Phil Kearny was one of the first to offer his services when the Civil War broke out; he went to the front as commander of the First New Jersey Brigade. His record in that conflict to the day of his tragic death was one of brilliance and honor.
He won distinction despite the fact that he was assailed by jealous superior officers (West Point Engineers) as a mere “soldier of fortune,” a reckless and unsafe leader. Kearny was never a soldier of fortune. He was a soldier with a fortune. His men swore by him. They followed him with cheers when he led them into the thick of the fight. He saved the day on more than one battlefield where the fate of the nation seemed to be at stake.
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McClellan’s Other Story: The Political Intrigue of Colonel Thomas M. Key, Confidential Aide to General George B. McClellan
By William B. Styple
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320 PagesHard CoverIndexColor Illustrations
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Tell Me of Lincoln: Memories of Abraham Lincoln, The Civil War & Life in Old New York
By James E. Kelly (1855-1933)
About the Book
This title contains over 50 never-before-published accounts of President Abraham Lincoln recorded by historian/artist James Edward Kelly from 1890 to 1920. The book also delves into Kelly’s complete memoirs of growing up in New York City during the Civil War and his career as a special artist for Harper’s Publications. Furthermore, it includes never-before-published stories of Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas A. Edison, Oscar Wilde, the New York City Draft Riots, and much more.
How the Book Was Made
In 1919, sculptor and historian James Edward Kelly met with a New England gentleman who had heard Abraham Lincoln speak during his 1860 presidential campaign. The man remembered Lincoln as a strong, vigorous leader of men and not at all slack-looking, downcast, or meditative—as he was usually depicted by other sculptors.
Inspired both artistically and historically, Kelly declared, “From that very moment, I became desirous of gathering material to justify me in making him an active, vigorous leader. My ambition was to model President Abraham Lincoln in bronze—the embodiment of the spirit of the time as well as the men whom he led in triumph. From that very moment, I began to actively seek out any living witness who could tell me of Lincoln.”
Kelly conducted a series of interviews and correspondence with many well-known figures who personally knew Abraham Lincoln and several veteran soldiers who had met or had heard the president speak. He even spoke with the common folk who simply caught a fleeting glimpse or passed alongside his casket.
Kelly recorded over 50 eyewitness accounts, which he carefully preserved in his extensive notebooks. There were hundreds of pages of highly significant oral history detailing Lincoln’s physical appearance, personality, and qualities as a statesman. This testimony confirmed Kelly’s belief that the real Lincoln was seldom depicted correctly in art. “Make him living!” wrote Lincoln’s Secretary William Stoddard, “for he was one of the most ‘all alive’ of men.”
350 PagesHard CoverIndexOver 60 Illustrations
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Generals in Bronze
ABOUT THE BOOK
In the decades that followed the American Civil War, Artist James Edward 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.
Kelly explained, “I had always felt a great lack of certain personal details. 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.”
Interviewing General Joshua Chamberlain, Kelly asked about the charge at Fort Damnation. General Chamberlain acquiesced but added, “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 not only his wonderful art but also a truly unique picture of the lives of the great figures of the American Civil War. Generals in Bronze features interviews with Generals Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, Hancock, Chamberlain, Webb, Hooker, Warren, Sickles, and others.
Civil War Times Illustrated calls Generals in Bronze “a blockbuster history of the civil war!”