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Author Armstrong, William H. (William Howard), 1932-

Title Major McKinley : William McKinley and the Civil War / William H. Armstrong
Published Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, [2000]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 191 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents ""Copyright Page ""; ""Contents ""; ""Illustrations and Maps""; ""Preface""; ""One: Private""; ""Two: Commissary Sergeant""; ""Three: Quartermaster""; ""Four: Adjutant""; ""Five: Veteran""; ""Abbreviations""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""
Summary Major McKinley is the first complete account of the Civil War service of President William McKinley, the last of the Civil War veterans to reach the White House and the only one who served in the ranks. McKinley enlisted as a private in the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry (Later commanded by another future president, Rutherford B. Hayes) and was the regiment's commissary sergeant when his bravery at the Battle of Antietam led to a commission and an assignment to Hayes's military staff. He later served with four other generals and ended his military career as adjutant of a division and as a brevet major. McKinley regarded the end of slavery as the significant outcome of the war and valued the contributions of the black soldiers in the Union army. After the war, as a young lawyer and congressman, he defended the rights of freedmen and continued to do so long after others had tired of the cause. He also reached out to former Confederate soldiers in an effort to help restore unity to a divided country, but this initiative eventually overshadowed and diminished his advocacy of civil rights. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, including McKinley's own paper and the diaries and letters of men who served with him, this book presents a new picture of McKinley as a soldier and provides a fresh appreciation of his later life as a veteran in politics
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 174-183) and index
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Subject McKinley, William, 1843-1901 -- Military leadership.
McKinley, William, 1843-1901.
United States. Army -- Biography.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Soldiers -- United States -- Biography.
Ohio -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1612772382 (electronic bk.)
1612772390 (electronic bk.)
9781612772387 (electronic bk.)
9781612772394 (electronic bk.)
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