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Grant's Cavalryman: The Life and Wars of General James H. Wilsonby Longacre, Edward G.
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Issue: Summer 2001
Edward G. Longacre's biography of James H. Wilson is now available in softcover. Although "often imperious and outspoken, to the extent that he alienated fully as many people as he attracted," this West Point graduate took charge of the Union's Cavalry Bureau in 1864 and streamlined its purchasing and resupply system, transforming it "from an inefficient, disorganized agency into a highly effective, honest, well-appointed one." Wilson went on to lead cavalrymen to victory at Selma in 1865, and to a long postwar career as a military advisor and American diplomat.