Joseph Holt, the stern, brilliant, and deeply committed Unionist from Kentucky, spent the first several months of the American Civil War successfully laboring to maintain Kentucky s loyalty to the Union and then went on to serve as President Lincoln s judge advocate general In Lincoln s Forgotten Ally, Elizabeth Leonard offers the first full scale biography of Holt, who has long been overlooked and misunderstood by historians and students of the war.In his capacity as the administration s chief arbiter and enforcer of military law, Holt strove tenaciously, often against strong resistance, to implement Lincoln s wartime policies, including emancipation After Lincoln s assassination, Holt accepted responsibility for pursuing and bringing to justice everyone involved in John Wilkes Booth s conspiracy It was because of this role, in which he is often portrayed as a brutal prosecutor, and because of his hard position toward the South, Leonard contends, that Holt s reputation suffered Leonard argues, however, that Holt should not be defined by what Southern sympathizers and proponents of the Lost Cause came to think of him Lincoln s Forgotten Ally seeks to restore Holt, who dedicated both his energy and his influence to ensuring that the Federal victory would bring about lasting positive change for the nation, to his rightful place in American memory....
|Title||:||Lincoln's Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky (Civil War America)|
|Publisher||:||The University of North Carolina Press New edition edition October 10, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||432 pages|
|File Size||:||877 KB|
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Lincoln's Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky (Civil War America) Reviews
I was impressed with this bio of one of the less known leaders of the Lincoln Administration. I felt it was fairly well written and told. I feel that there was ways to make it better, but overall, was quite pleased. I really did not know his involvement in the Lincoln Assassination trial and had no insight on the prosecutions of crimes during the Civil War. Holt led the court cases in these and the post war cases, including the cases again Jefferson Davis (pardoned by Andrew Johnson) and other Confederate leaders (all pardoned by Johnson.
A solid work on an important mid-19th century American. Professor Leonard's favorable biography of Joseph Holt of Kentucky shows him to be one of the true pillars of support of the federal union at critical political times, including during the last days of the Buchanan Administration.
I am absolutely ecstatic about this book. I have read one other book about Judge Holt and was so disappointed in it (it read more like a romance novel than a biography) that I was hungry to find one that would satisfy my curiosity about the man from the county that I moved to recently. This book is wonderfully written, easy to follow and ties his life with the tumultuous time in our country's most fascinating era. It is a shame that most people know nothing about the man and his support of Lincoln, his drive to keep our union together and eliminate the horrible crime of slavery.
A book to read along with Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History.
If i had not just completed reading the Lincoln's Avengers book by Dr. Leonard, I probably would have given this book 5 stars. There definitely is a lot of information in this book.. But there is also a lot of overlap with the Avengers book, which to me begs the question of why not try to separate these books more. Evidently she became so involved with the research from the first book that she wanted to do another on Holt, But the overlap bothered me in the reading.
Joseph Holt could have been one of those people who is lost to history but for his prolific letter writing and his family that preserved his letters. Historian Elizabeth D. Leonard does a wonderful job of bringing Holt to life and placing him clearly into the context of his time. This work is a great supplement to her earlier book, Lincoln's Avengers - which deals with the fate of the Lincoln conspirators.
I have hundreds of books on the Civil War era but this will take one of the top spots because of the information the author provides in a well written format that holds your attention and surprisingly is not boring. It is not about any great number of battles nor any secret conspiracies but it is a fascinating read.