Readers are the judges of what results were the due to anyone’s failings. To avoid prejudicing the reader toward General Geary, It seemed lawyerly to let any failings manifest themselves in his own words and actions. In particular, Robert Hale Strong’s complaints about Geary’s treatment of soldiers are not further aired in this book. Geary piled enough on himself without any help. He apparently was an effective commander, using his men aggressively, but in pursuit of personal goals as much as saving the Union.

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