I just learned about new review of Teacher of Civil War Generals on the StrategyPage – The News as History. A. A. Nofi’s review reports, “Mesch does an excellent job of telling Smith’s story, while helping the reader get a better grasp of the military practice of the day.”
I do take one exception to Mr. Nofi’s comment, “Although not definitive, given the sparsity of original sources, this is an interesting book about an important and influential officer who ought to be better known.” This book would not have been possible without the wealth of personal letters, military orders, and diaries.
Please see Teacher of Civil War Generals: Major General Charles Ferguson Smith, Soldier and West Point Commandant.