Army of the Potomac (Men-at-Arms, Volume 38) by Philip Katcher

By Philip Katcher

For common George B. McClellan, the dejected Union troops who poured into Washington clean from defeat at Bull Run on Monday, July 22, 1861, have been to supply the uncooked fabric which he could teach, equip, arrange and eventually rework from an insignificant mob into an efficient scuffling with strength. In October 1861, the military of the Potomac formally got here into being. This pleasing quantity from an identical workforce of writer Philip Katcher and artist Michael Youens who produced Men-at-Arms 37, the military of Northern Virginia, explores how this transition happened, with a specific emphasis on guns, uniforms and equipment.

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