Books: The Men Who Failed

LINCOLN FINDS A GENERAL, Vols. I & II (902 pp.)—Kenneth P. Williams—Mac-millan ($12.50).

If ever a war seemed in no need of refighting, it was the Civil War with its long shelves of massed documentation. But to the orderly mind of Indiana University Mathematics Professor Kenneth P. Williams, the job of scholarship seemed imperfectly done. A onetime World War I artillery officer whose only books had been about mathematics and astronomy, he had long felt that the Union armies and Union generalship had never gotten their due.

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