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William Babcock Hazen: The Best Hated Manby Cooper, Edward S.
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Retail Price: $65.00
Issue: Spring 2006
As Edward S. Cooper reveals, the adversities of the Civil War did not always forge bonds of brotherhood between comrades. His examination of diaries, memoirs, and contemporary newspapers show that William Babcock Hazen, a decorated major general in the Union army, shared a strained and sometimes rancorous relationship with his Northern counterparts during and after the Civil War. Running feuds with men like George Armstrong Custer and Ulysses S. Grant earned Hazen a commission to the western plains as well as the moniker the best hated man.