Richard c. Brown reviews the article General Emory Umpton–The Army’s Mahan.
This article is by Dr. Richard C. Brown, a civil war historian. It examines the life of General Emory Unton in the creation of the modern American Military Army.
This article focuses on a few key figures.
Emory Upton, the first American general to seriously set out on the quest for a better world and a stronger military, is the first.
Brown (1953) says that a major figure was General Sherman, who demanded Upton explore the military systems in Asia first.
Peter S. Michie is the next important figure. He was a friend to Upton and published Upton’s biography in 1885.
Elihu Root, a Secretary-of-War during the Spanish American War, is also significant. He had a great deal of faith in Upton’s ideas and wrote a preface.
According to Brown (1953), many innovations occurred in the post-civil war period, primarily in the area of technology and innovation.
George Westinghouse developed the air brake system for transportation, while George Pullman developed the sleeping cars.
Andrew Carnegie built the Carnegie Steel Corporation and sold it to J.P Morgan, who created the United States Steel Corporation.
Samuel F.B. was the first to develop a telegraphic sending device in the field of communications.
After Alexander Graham Bell invented telephone, the Bell Telephone Company was founded.
Industrialization was possible because of all these innovations and technologies.
The Civil War brought about a significant change in America’s social climate.
The anger of the southern states had a significant impact on America’s social life.
Slavery was gone in the south, as was the largest economic factor.
They tried to be equals and that led to terrorist activities in the year 1866.
It would have been more interesting to include photos of the post-war years.
You could also have included details on ‘The Army’s Dark Ages’.
To make the article more valuable, Upton claimed that their traditional military policy left them vulnerable to attack. A detailed description of the former condition would also have been helpful.
The article is largely flawless and serves its purpose. It clearly demonstrates how the poor structure in the military army has changed significantly, as General Upton had envisioned.
This article is very well researched as it lists the key figures involved in publishing the book by Upton. It also describes the people who accepted his ideas and applied them to the American military structure, even after Upton’s tragic death.
To make the article more credible and authentic, the author could add additional evidence like journal reviews or newspaper reviews, and perspectives from different scholars.
General Emory Epton: The Army’s Mahan.
The Journal of Military History 17, 125.