Civil War Books and Authors Blog mentioned Teacher of Civil War Generals in a July 31, 2015 post Booknotes III (July 2015)
Teacher of Civil War Generals: Major General Charles Ferguson Smith, Soldier and West Point Commandant by Allen H. Mesch (McFarland, 2015).
I am not aware of any C.F. Smith biographies so the publication of Mesch’s book is a welcome event for those that like to study the early war in the West. The bibliography size and breadth won’t blow anyone away but then again I have no idea what source material regarding Smith is available. The notes for several chapters do refer heavily to Smith’s papers, which support the “(d)rawing on never before published letters and journals” part of the book description.
Thanks for the kind introduction. I hope they will provide a complete review in the near future.