Hood visualized a glorious replay of Jackson's famous flank attack at Chancellorsville and ordered a new attack. McPherson and his hat also feature prominently in the book Map of Thieves, by Michael Karpovage. He has also served on the boards of the Civil War Trust as well as the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, a predecessor to the Civil War Trust. He has since argued publicly against the commercial exploitation of historic sites and continues to guide new students and the general public through the sites of our nation… When the Confederate troops approached and asked his orderly who the downed officer was, the aide replied "Sir, it is General McPherson. "[6] This was early in the one-day Battle of Atlanta, part of the Atlanta Campaign that led to the surrender of Atlanta a month later. [4], From 1854 to 1857, McPherson was the assistant engineer upon the defenses of the harbor of New York and the improvement of Hudson River. Following the Battle of Shiloh, which lasted from April 6–7, he was promoted to brigadier general. As Sherman maneuvered Johnston south, McPherson's army took part in the defeat at Kennesaw Mountain on June 27. The cemetery was named Evergreen Cemetery, but was renamed McPherson Cemetery on December 15, 1868. In November 1861, he wrote to Major General Henry W. Halleck and requested a position on his staff. [1] He attended Norwalk Academy in Norwalk, Ohio,[2] and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1853, first in his class,[3] which included Philip H. Sheridan, John M. Schofield, and John Bell Hood; Hood would oppose him later in the Western Theater. Arriving at West Point in 1849, he was in the same class as Philip Sheridan, John M. Schofield, and John Bell Hood. [8] McPherson's army was the Right Wing of Sherman's army, alongside the Army of the Cumberland and the Army of the Ohio. McPherson County, Kansas, and the town of McPherson, Kansas, are named in his honor. $19.99 + $4.50 shipping . The son of William and Cynthia Russell McPherson, he worked on the family's farm and aided with his father's blacksmith business. Description. Sherman, who considered McPherson a friend, wept upon learning of his death and later wrote his wife, "McPherson's death was a great loss to me. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom, his most famous book. He was appointed in 1991 by the United States Senate to the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission, which determined the major battle sites, evaluated their conditions, and then recommended strategies for their preservation. The second highest ranking Union officer killed in combat (behind Major General John Sedgwick), McPherson's body was recovered and returned to Ohio for burial. Opening fire, the Confederates killed him as he tried to escape. In March 1864, Grant was ordered east to take overall command of Union forces. The attack failed. [8], McPherson was the second-highest-ranking Union officer to be killed in action during the war (the highest ranking was John Sedgwick). The troops drew near Pumpkinvine Creek, where they attacked and drove the Confederates from Dallas, Georgia, even before Sherman's order to do so. [5], In 1859, while in San Francisco, he met Emily Hoffman, a woman from a prominent merchant family in Baltimore who had come to California to help care for her sister's children. When he was thirteen, McPherson's father, who had a history of mental illness, became unable to work. To aid the family, McPherson took a job at a store run by Robert Smith. Confederate forces, now led by McPherson's classmate Hood, attacked Thomas at Peachtree Creek on July 20 and were turned back. He departed California on August 1, 1861, and arrived soon after in New York. [16], The James B. McPherson Elementary School in the Ravenswood area of Chicago, Illinois, was named for McPherson. "In that volume, McPherson gathered in the broad sweep of events, the political, social, and cultural forces at work … Asking for a transfer, he received orders to report to Boston for service in the Corps of Engineers as a captain. In 1857, McPherson was transferred to San Francisco to work on improving fortifications in the area. I yield to none on Earth but yourself the right to excel me in lamentations for our Dead Hero. McPherson was born near Clyde, Ohio. The spot is marked by a Union cannon once placed at Glenwood Road and Flat Shoals Road to protect the flank of the front line and return fire against the defensive positions built by Lemuel P. His childhood home on E. Maple Street in Clyde, Ohio is now owned by the Clyde Heritage League and is a museum that can be toured by appointment.[18]. Neither the years nor the difference of sentiment that had led us to range ourselves on opposite sides in the war had lessened my friendship; indeed the attachment formed in early youth was strengthened by my admiration and gratitude for his conduct toward our people in the vicinity of Vicksburg. Halleck appointed him to the command of the Department of the West in November, where he was chosen aide-de-camp to Halleck while also being promoted to lieutenant-colonel. Abstract In this article, James McPherson, an emeritus professor of history at Princeton University, explores various interpretations attempting to explain the cause of sectional strife. Civil War Union General James McPherson - I HAVE OTHER LARGER BUST IMAGES. On July 22, while they were discussing this new development, however, four Confederate divisions under Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee flanked Union Maj. Gen. Grenville Dodge's XVI Corps. James Birdseye McPherson Killed during the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, 1864, Commander of the Army of the Tennessee Major General James Birdseye McPherson was the highest-ranking Ohioan serving in the United States military to die in the American Civil War. Learning that McPherson's left flank was exposed, he directed Lieutenant General William Hardee's corps and cavalry to attack. [17], In his home town of Clyde, Ohio, James B. McPherson Highway (US-20) was dedicated and named in his honor on August 9, 1941. Condition as seen. [4], McPherson's career began rising after this assignment. He then penned a letter to Emily Hoffman in Baltimore, stating: My Dear Young Lady, A letter from your Mother to General Barry on my Staff reminds me that I owe you heartfelt sympathy and a sacred duty of recording the fame of one of our Country's brightest and most glorious Characters. James McPherson was born on November 14, 1828, at Clyde, Ohio. James M. McPherson is an American Civil War historian, and is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University. As president in 1993-1994 of Protect Historic America, he lobbied against the construction of a Disney theme park near Manassas battlefield. From this undefended gap, he was to strike at Resaca and sever the railroad which was supplying the Confederates to the north. McPherson County, Nebraska, and Fort McPherson National Cemetery, located near Maxwell, Nebraska, were named in his honor, and the National Cemetery was established on March 3, 1873. Confederate President Jefferson Davis became frustrated with Johnston's strategy of maneuver and retreat, and on July 17 replaced him with Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood. You have killed the best man in our army. Sherman believed that the Confederates had been defeated and were evacuating; however, McPherson rightly believed that they were moving to attack the Union left and rear. He has appeared on The History Channel as a featured expert. Completing his teaching assignment, he next was ordered to aid in improving New York Harbor. He received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. $15.99. Sherman planned to have the bulk of his forces feint toward Dalton, Georgia, while McPherson would bear the brunt of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston's attack, and attempt to trap them. For his bravery at Corinth he was promoted to major-general, dating from October 8, rising to that position solely on merit. At the center of the square is a statue of McPherson on horseback. Seller: civil_war_photos (9,325) 100%, Location: Midland, Michigan, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123732830928 Civil War CDV General James McPherson Killed at Atlanta 1864. In the course of the campaign, he took part in victories at Raymond (May 12), Jackson (May 14), Champion Hill (May 16), and the Siege of Vicksburg (May 18-July 4). [12] McPherson Township, Blue Earth County, Minnesota is also named for him. While McPherson advanced on the right, Major General George H. Thomas' Army of the Cumberland formed the center while Major General John Schofield's Army of the Ohio marched on the Union left. He received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom, his most famous book. At the start of the Civil War, he was stationed in San Francisco, California, but requested a transfer to the Corps of Engineers, rightly thinking that a transfer to the East would further his career. The McPherson Middle School and McPherson Cemetery are named for him as well. President Rutherford B. Hayes gave the dedication speech during the ceremony for the monument. In 1861, he was made captain, serving under Maj.-Gen. Henry Halleck. Major General James B. McPherson, commander of the Army of the Tennessee, was the highest ranking Union general killed in combat during the Civil War. Riding to the sound of the guns, with only his orderly as an escort, he entered a gap between Dodge's XVI Corps and Major General Francis P. Blair's XVII Corps. Moving south with the bulk of Union forces, Sherman engaged Johnston at the Battle of Resaca on May 13-15. McPherson was on the General's staff of Henry Halleck and later, of Ulysses S. Grant and was with Grant at the Battle of Shiloh. In 1862 he was Chief Engineer of Grant’s army at the Battle of Fort Henry and Donelson. He was the president of the American Historical Association in 2003, and is a member of the editorial board of Encyclopædia Britannica. Grant. He was killed at the Battle of Atlanta, the second highest ranking Union officer killed during the war. McPherson was the president of the American Historical Association in 2003. This was accepted and McPherson traveled to St. Louis. A gifted student, he graduated first (of 52) in the Class of 1853. "Guaranteed Civil War image from the 1860's" "James Birdseye McPherson (November 14, 1828 – July 22, 1864) was a career United States Army officer who served as a general in the Union Army during … He was killed at the Battle of Atlanta, facing the army of his old West Point classmate John Bell Hood, who paid a warm tribute to his character. Beloved by his men, McPherson's death was mourned by leaders on both sides. Since we had graduated in 1853, and had each been ordered off on duty in different directions, it has not been our fortune to meet. Civil War Prints - GENERAL - LOGAN MEADE MCPHERSON THOMAS - PORTRAITS. There were many US Civil War officers in attendance for the dedication of the monument, including General William Tecumseh Sherman. McPherson was born in Clyde, Ohio. McPherson has been mentioned several times on the Drunken Peasants podcast by host TJ Kirk who has stated he is a relative of McPherson's. [9], I will record the death of my classmate and boyhood friend, General James B. McPherson, the announcement of which caused me sincere sorrow. 383–84, 477–78: McPherson Township, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final Victory, List of American Civil War generals (Union), 1908, The Union army; a history of military affairs, Vol VIII, http://www.realclearhistory.com/articles/2014/07/18/death_of_a_general_and_his_love_story_175.html, http://civilwarwomenblog.com/emily-hoffman/, http://content.sos.state.ga.us/u?/postcard,351, http://www.eastatlantavillage.net/about.phtml. He requested a position on the staff of Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, one of the senior Western commanders. He was the second-highest-ranking Union officer killed in action during the war. Why should death's darts reach the young and brilliant instead of older men who could better have been spared? His considerate and kind treatment of them stood in bright contrast to the course pursued by many Federal officers.[10]. James Birdseye McPherson (November 14, 1828 – July 22, 1864) was a career United States Army officer who served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Civil War General James B. McPherson Killed in Action Near Atlanta, GA in 1864 Reintured in 1907 Flowers • 222 Left by Tiffany Brooks on 14 Nov 2020 Left by Blue Hat 1556 on 14 Nov 2020 This 20-acre (81,000 m2) cemetery is located two miles (3 km) south of Interstate 80, near Exit 190. Largely inconclusive, Sherman later blamed McPherson's cautiousness on May 9 for preventing a great Union victory. McPherson Square in Washington, D.C., and its Metro rail station are named in the general's honor. Impressed with the young officer, Grant had him promoted to brigadier general in May. Eicher, pp. [6], At the start of the American Civil War, McPherson was stationed in San Francisco, California, but requested a transfer to the Corps of Engineers, rightly thinking that a transfer to the East would further his career. As the Civil War began in April 1861, he realized that his career would be best served if he returned east. For the Civil War General of a similar name see James B. McPherson James M. McPherson (born October 11, 1936) is an American Civil War historian, and is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University. In reorganizing the armies in the West, he directed that McPherson be made commander of the Army of the Tennessee on March 12, replacing Major General William T. Sherman, who was promoted to command all Union forces in region. In 1857 he superintended the building of Fort Delaware, and in 1857–61 was superintending engineer of the construction of the defenses of Alcatraz Island, at San Francisco, California. Soon after this promotion, McPherson led a column of infantry into Mississippi and repulsed the enemy at Canton.[4]. McPherson is known for his outspokenness on contemporary issues and his activism, such as his work on behalf of the preservation of Civil War battlefields. KP190) Death of Union Army General James McPherson Civil War 1891 Print Print measures approximately: 7.6 inches wide Each additional one ships free in … Johnston and Sherman maneuvered against each other, until the Union tactical defeat at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Meeting with Sherman, McPherson heard the sound of fighting as Major General Grenville Dodge's XVI Corps worked to halt this Confederate assault in what became known as the Battle of Atlanta. James Birdseye McPherson James Birdseye McPherson was an Ohio born, 1st in his class, West Point Graduate in 1853, U.S. Army officer. Editor’s note: James M. McPherson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, amongst other Civil War books, spoke at The Western Reserve Historical Society in April 2000. While McPherson was riding his horse toward his old XVII Corps, a line of Confederate skirmishers appeared, yelling "Halt!". Immediately after the siege of Vicksburg in which McPherson commanded the center, on Grant's recommendation McPherson was confirmed a brigadier general in the regular army, dating from August 1, 1863. US Army general in the American Civil War, General James B. McPherson, photographed by. [15], A distinctive engraved portrait of McPherson appeared on U.S. paper money in 1890 and 1891. Though posted to the Army Corps of Engineers, McPherson was retained at West Point for a year to serve as an Assistant Professor of Practical Engineering. The Confederates opened fire and mortally wounded McPherson in the back. Confronted by General Joseph E. Johnston's strong position at Rocky Face Ridge and Dalton, Sherman dispatched McPherson south to Snake Creek Gap. Despite the defeat, Sherman continued to press south and crossed the Chattahoochee River. His leave was initially granted, but quickly revoked by Sherman, who explained McPherson was needed for his upcoming Atlanta Campaign. Two days later, Hood planned to attack McPherson as the Army of the Tennessee approached from the east. “There is nothing in all the dark caves of human passion so cruel and deadly as the hatred the South Carolinians profess for the Yankees.” wrote the correspondent of the London Times from Charleston. [4], During the days that led up to the Battle of Shiloh, McPherson accompanied Sherman questioning people in the area and learned that the confederates were bringing large numbers of troops from every direction by train to Corinth, Mississippi, which was itself an important railroad junction.[7]. Commencing his campaign against Atlanta in early May, Sherman moved through northern Georgia with three armies. As he advanced, a line of Confederate skirmishers appeared and ordered him to halt. Orders issued by General William T. Sherman to James B. McPherson, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=James_B._McPherson&oldid=985486247, Union military personnel killed in the American Civil War, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles with unsourced statements from October 2013, Articles with dead external links from January 2020, Articles with permanently dead external links, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 26 October 2020, at 06:36. His evaluation begins with explanations offered by the Civil War’s famous actors, and extends through the major schools of historical thought. Across the lines, McPherson's classmate Hood penned, "I will record the death of my classmate and boyhood friend, General James B. McPherson, the announcement of which caused me sincere sorrow...the attachment formed in early youth was strengthened by my admiration and gratitude for his conduct toward our people in the vicinity of Vicksburg." [13], A monument marking the death of McPherson was established at the location of his death in East Atlanta, at the intersection of McPherson Avenue and Monument Avenue. With the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and the beginning of the secession crisis, McPherson declared that he wished to fight for the Union. Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia, area was named in Gen. McPherson's honor on February 20, 1866. McPherson was directly appointed to the Corps of Engineers with the rank of brevet second lieutenant. McPherson had advanced his troops into Decatur, Georgia, and from there, they moved onto high ground on Bald Hill overlooking Atlanta. On October 8 he was promoted to major general, and was soon after given command of the XVII Corps in Grant's Army of the Tennessee. Better yet, Confederate Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler reported that as Gen. James B. McPherson 's army marched in on Atlanta from the east, it had its left flank "in the air" (Sherman had sent Kenner Garrard's cavalry east to wreck the Georgia Railroad). For a year after his graduation he was assistant instructor of practical engineering at the Military Academy, a position never before given to so young an officer. James Birdseye McPherson was born November 14, 1828, near Clyde, Ohio. Refusing, McPherson turned his horse and tried to flee. In this role, McPherson played a key part in Grant's campaign against Vicksburg, MS in late 1862 and 1863. In 1857-1861 James McPherson supervised the building of both Fort Delaware and Fort Alcatraz. Upon learning of the death of his protégé, Grant was also moved to tears. Nearing Atlanta, he intended to attack the city from three directions with Thomas pushing in from the north, Schofield from the northeast, and McPherson from the east. They soon became engaged and a wedding was planned, but ultimately put off by the onset of the Civil War. He was killed at the Battle of Atlanta, facing the army of his old West Point classmate John Bell Hood, who paid a warm tribute to his character. The bills are called "treasury notes" or "coin notes" and are widely collected today because of their fine, detailed engraving. The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to James McPherson, professor emeritus of history at Princeton University, on the New York Times’ 1619 Project. War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865 (Littlefield History of the Civil War Era) by James M. McPherson | Sep 17, 2012 4.6 out of 5 stars 95 General Otis Howard succeeded him as commander of the Army and Department of the Tennessee. McPherson raised his hand to his head as if to remove his hat, but suddenly wheeled his horse, attempting to escape. Battle Cry of Freedom, his Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the Civil War, was a national bestseller that Hugh Brogan, in The New York Times Book Review, called "history writing of the highest order. He requested a position on the staff of Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, one of the senior Western commanders. James B. McPherson, in full James Birdseye Mcpherson, (born Nov. 14, 1828, Sandusky county, Ohio, U.S.—died July 22, 1864, near Atlanta, Ga.), Union general of the American Civil War about whose death General Ulysses S. Grant is reported to have said, “The country has lost one of its best soldiers, and I have lost my best friend.” McPherson again saw action in April during the Union victory at the Battle of Shiloh. James McPherson has emerged as one of America's finest historians. Rather than immediately enroll, he deferred his acceptance and took two years of preparatory study at Norwalk Academy. This report on McPherson’s talk by then Roundtable President William Vodrey was originally published in The Charger in the fall of that same year. However, the Confederate forces eventually escaped, and Sherman blamed McPherson (for being "slow"), although it was mainly faulty planning on Sherman's part that led to the escape. McPherson was on the General's staff of Henry Halleck and later, of Ulysses S. Grant and was with Grant at the Battle of Shiloh. The alternate history novel Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final Victory, by Newt Gingrich, and William R. Forstchen, includes McPherson as a major character. Fields of Fury by James M McPherson Fields of Fury by James M McPherson The acclaimed Fields of Fury by James M McPherson shows the reader the history of the most known Civil War battles. 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