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Hobbs, M. K. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 27, Number 9 (July 1926)

Books by Wisconsin graduates,   p. 289

New life members,   p. 289

Page 289

Yuly, -1926
Books by Wisconsin Graduates
Lincoln and His Generals, by Charles
  Edward, Macartney, D. D. (Dorance and
  Co., Philadelphia, $2.50, 226 p.)
T   HE world is never' tired of hearing
    about Lincoln and the opportunities
to present him in relation to his sur-
roundings are multifold. So we have
had recently Carl Sandberg's The Prairie
Years; Barton's close researches into the
Lincoln origins; and finest of all, Lincoln,
by Nathaniel Stephenson, historian at
Yale. The present book by our fellow
alumnus of 1897, now a well-known di-
vine of Philadelphia, confines itself defi-
nitely to Lincoln as commander-in-chief
'of the army, and those whom he chose
or who were forced upon him as generals-
'in-chiefs. Dr. Macartney does not in
to ask the discredited general to take
command; but why, having done this,
did he remove McClellan after Antie-
tam ?" This our author thinks "one of
the President's most unfortunate acts,
and one due to McClellan's enemies in
the cabinet. Nor does Dr. Macartney
give Lincoln credit for insight in his se-
lection of Burnside, Hooker, or Halleck.
The latter he denominates as "a con-
temptible, almost ridiculous figure. One
would laugh at him, were it not for the
4ct-that-]   itncpetence-was-one of
the chief factors in the repeated and
tragic reverses which befell the Union
  A fresher wind blows through the
pages when Sherman and Grant are dis-
cussed. One feels- the relief of the com-
mander-in-chief in finding   generals
whom he could trust. "I can't ,spare
this man;" said Lincoln to one of Grant's
critics, "he fights." It was only by a
"little chance," our author concludes,
that Grant was not with Lincoln a vic-
tim of the assassin's bullet.
  This study has been, we believe, a
labor of love; not only has the author
read widely and fully, but he has con-
versed with many survivors of the great
conflict, and claims to have learned as
much, if not more, from oral tradition
than from other sources. He dedicates
his book "To the 122,388 Surviving Fol-
lowers of Lincoln and His Generals,"
alas! growing less with each passing
twelve month. We predict that the
meadows beyond. There were rainy
days when they cooked on the stove in
the wood-shed and dressed up in their
parent's clothes.
  Each chapter tells the story of a day
in vacation. Some of them are dreary,
rainy ones in which the girls make play
of learning to cook and sew, others are
beautiful picnic days and rove-around
days in which they explore nature and
tease the out-of-doors for frolics.
  Little Girl Martin's father adds a
great deal to the interest of the story
with his apt rhymes to describe any-
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he does not claim for him military
genius. "But," says the author, "he
who would have some fresh view of the
infinite patience of Lincoln, the peculiar
trials and vexations to which he was
subjected, the jealousies and quarrels
which hampered him, the Gethsemanes
of sorrow and disappointment through
which he passed, and his magnificent
faith in the nation and in the cause, may
be repaid by the reading of this book."
   In this spirit the author approaches his
 task. His style is terse, clear, and sim-
 ple; his judgments are firm, sometimes
 over-confident. It is not probable that
 all his conclusions will be accepted by
 careful historians or military specialists.
 Yet the author knows his subject, and
 makes a very readable book.
   He attempts to be just even to the
 characters he dislikes; 'he gives good
 measure to Benjamin Butler, excuses
 Fremont, and partially justifies McClel-
 lan. On the vexed question of the lat-
 ter's reinstatement in the critical days
before  Washington, Dr. Macartney
counts it one of the most important and
patriotic acts of Lincoln's administra-
tion of the war "that he had the courage
volume will be read and enjoyed by
many of the Grand Army survivors, and
by their sons and descendants to more
than one generation. We recommend
it heartily to all our fellow alumni.-
L. P. K., '97.
No School Tomorrow, by Margaret Ash-
  mun, '04, (The Macmillan Company, New
  York City, $1.75. 215p).
  Miss Ashmun has written her last
book for the little girls of America who
boast of eight or ten birthdays instead
of for the older girls who were good
friends of Isabel Carleton and Isabel
Carleton's Friends.
  "Little Girl" Martin is the name of
her latest heroine who awakens one im-
portant day in the early summer to dis-
cover that the first day of vacation has
come with "no school tomorrow."
  It happened to this particulargirl in a
pleasant country village. Nearby stood
the old red mill, where the mysterious
old Welsh miller told tales to her and her
friends and let them watch his mill at
work. Then there was the old barn that
belonged to the big house on the hill.
There were gardens and orchards and
fancy to. Indeed these rhymes are the
best bits of the writing.-R. M., '27.
     New Life Members
   Among additions to the Life
 Membership roll since the last issue
 are the following:
   Ralph M. Crowley, '26, 205
 Princeton Ave., Madison; F. M.
 Distelhorst, '16, 454 N. Few St.,
 Madison; Walter Distelhorst, 'o6,
 2032 N. 7th    St., Sheboygan;
 Helen Younker Friedman, '17,*
3616 University Ave., Des Moines,
Ia.; B. S. Reid, '13, Box 25, River-
side, Ill.; Paul Schanen, '21, 195
Broadway, New York City; S. H.
Slichter, '13, 636 N. Frances St.,
Madison; Ada Pence Slichter, '13,
636 N. Frances St., Madison;
Florence N. Smith, '24, Shell
Lake; Alice Spensley, '22, 324 N.
Charter St., Madison; M. K.
Swanton, '16, Route 2, Madison;
D. R. Williams, ex '94, 998 Cra-
mer St., Milwaukee.

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