November Book Talk with Robert O’Harrow
Robert O’Harrow Jr. will speak about his book, The Quartermaster: Montgomery C. Meigs, Lincoln’s General, Master Builder of the Union Army, at noon on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society is sponsoring the talk at 200 Maryland Ave. NE; Washington, DC 20002. This event is free and open to the public, and PRE-REGISTRATION is recommended. A limited number of books will be available for sale.
O’Harrow brings us a new side of Civil War history in this commanding, dramatic, and intensely personal account of Montgomery Cunningham Meigs and his indispensable role in the northern victory in the Civil War. O’Harrow is an award-winning reporter on the investigative unit at The Washington Post. He is the author of No Place to Hide and Zero Day: The Threat in Cyberspace.
“An intriguing description of the Civil War from the perspective of General Meigs, whose fingerprints seem to have been all over every aspect of the government’s war effort…A welcome companion to other examinations… such as Doris Kearns Goodwin’s classic Team of Rivals, The Quartermaster retells each phase of the war in an engaging narrative that draws Meigs into the foreground where light can finally shine on his many accomplishments.”
—New York Journal of Books
“Montgomery Meigs may have been a more important architect of Union victory in the Civil War than Grant, Sherman, Farragut—more important than anyone except Lincoln himself. And before supplying the armies that won the war, he supervised the expansion of the Capitol, including the construction of its new dome, along with the creation of the aqueduct that brought clean water to Washington. This splendid biography offers new insights on this man of many talents.”
—James McPherson, author of The War That Forged a Nation