centralization and nation building. On the international level it was a paradigm shift in the
way nations would come to view themselves and what was acceptable in both the treatment
of citizens and in the conduct of warfare. Internally it was truly another revolution; the form of
government looked the same after but it was radically different in function. The Constitution
and the rule of law had very different meaning in the aftermath.
Author: Barry Lee Clark
Abstract: James McPherson exhibits that he is an exceptionally skilled writer, and an accomplished story-teller of historical events. His work suffers from his underlying intent, based upon his political perspective, to repaint historical events that were well-understood, by contemporaries to those events and historians for a century and a half afterward, to have very different meanings than historians like McPherson interpret and present. I would not recommend Battle Cry to anyone not steeped in a foundational understanding of what better historians have said of the war.
themselves as a result of prior leadership failures to address them coupled with the crucible
of operational stress than exacerbated the display of these bad trends in the overarching
organizational culture of the Army in general. The new incoming commander has little time
to effect change, and little hope of mitigating much of the operational pressure and stress
that will continue to be placed upon his unit. His only recourse and solution in this …
morality, that absolute moral truth exists and is knowable, and they must be secured
communally on a foundation that transcends broader cultural trends and relies on more than
either reason or emotion for sustenance. Failure to understand and adhere to such a
morality corporately has historically led to great failures of commission and omission.
Philosophy has proven a poor tool to provision answers to the practical questions of how …
startling is that the greatest truths were spoken to him throughout his life by ordinary men,
simple preachers, old men sitting around drinking soda and eating peanuts, his father.
These men, if beneficiaries of a culture and community that embraces common-sense as a
virtue, know truths that philosophers for centuries have tried in various ways to express.
Common-sense is something all men should know; common-sense informs us of certain …
Authors: B.L. Clark
Publication date: 2000
experience and historical memory of an organization. Organizations change either because
those within the group cause change or because the group succumbs to external pressures.
The Army is no different. We each must ask ourselves what is our particular role in the
organization; what will we change; will we make the organization better or will we simply adapt
to norms and pass our time with the mundane?