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Author Shay, Michael E., 1945-
Title Revered commander, maligned general : the life of Clarence Ransom Edwards, 1859-1931 / Michael E. Shay.
Imprint Columbia : University of Missouri Press, [2011]

Author Shay, Michael E., 1945-
Series The American military experience series
American military experience series.
Subject Edwards, Clarence Ransom, 1860-1931.
United States. Army -- Biography.
United States. Army. Infantry Division, 26th -- Biography.
United States. Army -- History -- World War, 1914-1918.
Generals -- United States -- Biography.
Spanish-American War, 1898 -- Campaigns -- Philippines -- Biography.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- France -- Biography.
Add Title Life of Clarence Ransom Edwards, 1859-1931
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 272 pages) : illustrations, portraits.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-265) and index.
Contents The making of a soldier -- Boots, saddles, and wedding bells -- The not so "splendid little war" : the Philippines -- The Bureau of Insular Affairs -- Preparation for war : Wyoming, Texas, Hawaii, and the Canal Zone -- "Daddy" -- Postwar doings -- "Doneroving" : the final years.
Summary Annotation Major General Clarence Ransom Edwards is a vital figure in American military history, yet his contribution to the U.S. efforts in World War I has often been ignored or presented in unflattering terms. Most accounts focus on the disagreements he had with General John J. Pershing, who dismissed Edwards from the command of the 26th (Yankee) Division just weeks before thewar's end. The notoriety of the Pershing incident has caused some to view Edwards as simply a political general with a controversial career. But Clarence Edwards, though often a divisive figure, was a greater man than that. A revered and admired officer whose men called him Daddy, Edwards attained an impressive forty-year career, one matched by few wartime leaders . Michael E. Shay presents a complete portrait of this notable American and his many merits inRevered Commander, Maligned General. This long-overdue first full-length biography of General Clarence Edwards opens with his earlyyears in Cleveland, Ohio and his turbulenttimes at West Point. The book details the crucial roles Edwards filled in staff and field commands for the Army before the outbreak of World War I in 1917: Adjutant-General with General Henry Ware Lawton in the Philippine-American War, first chief of the Bureau of Insular Affairs, and commander of U.S. forces in the Panama Canal Zone. Revered Commander, Maligned Generalfollows Edwards as he forms the famous Yankee Division and leads his men into France. The conflict between Edwards and Pershing is placed in context, illuminating the disputes that led to Edwards being relieved of command. This well-researched biography quotes a wealth of primary sources in recounting the life ofan important American, a man of loyalty and service who is largely misunderstood. Photographs of Edwards, his troops, and his kinmany from Edwards own collectioncomplement the narrative. In addition, several maps aid readers in following General Edwards as his career moves from the U.S. to Central America to Europe and back stateside. Shays portrayalof General Edwards finally provides a balancedaccount of this unique U.S. military leader.
Note English.
Print version record.
ISBN 9780826272515 (electronic bk.)
0826272517 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 781860831
Additional Format Print version: Shay, Michael E., 1945- Revered commander, maligned general. Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©2011 9780826219220 (OCoLC)671703411

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