Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives
By Candice Shy Hooper
The story of the American Civil War is not complete without examining the extraordinary and influential lives of Jessie Frémont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia Grant, the wives of Abraham Lincoln’s top generals. They were their husbands’ closest confidantes and had a profound impact on the generals’ ambitions and actions. Most important, the women’s own attitudes toward and relationships with Lincoln had major historical significance.
“I am constantly seeking out new historical perspectives to challenge my own understanding of history. Hooper’s book achieves a feat—offering not one but four fresh perspectives on Abraham Lincoln and his generals from some of the individuals who knew them best. She demonstrates the extremely influential role Julia Dent Grant, Jesse Benton Frémont, ‘Nelly’ Marcy McClellan, and Ellen Ewing Sherman each played in their husband’s careers in a way that will forever change your understanding of Civil War leadership.” – Executive Director and CEO, Erin Carlson Mast
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