By James Marten

James Tanner could be the most renowned individual in nineteenth-century the US that nobody has heard of. in the course of his provider within the Union military, he misplaced the decrease 3rd of either his legs and later on needed to reinvent himself. After a broom with popularity because the stenographer taking down testimony a number of ft clear of the death President Abraham Lincoln in April 1865, Tanner finally grew to become one of many best-known males in Gilded Age the US. He was once a hugely positioned Republican operative, a well-liked Grand military of the Republic speaker, an entrepreneur, and a celeb. He earned popularity and no less than transitority fortune as “Corporal Tanner,” yet so much americans may easily have identified him as “The Corporal.” but almost no one—not even historians of the Civil battle and Gilded Age— is familiar with him today.

America’s Corporal rectifies this startling hole in our knowing of the many years that the Civil conflict. Drawing on various basic resources together with memoirs, lectures, newspapers, pension records, veterans’ association files, poetry, and political cartoons, James Marten brings Tanner’s existence and personality into concentration and exhibits what it intended to be a veteran— in particular a disabled veteran—in an period that initially worshipped the saviors of the Union yet then discovered ambiguity of their political energy and insistence on accumulating ever-larger pensions. This biography serves as an exam of the dynamics of incapacity, the tradition and politics of the Gilded Age, and the aftereffects of the Civil warfare, together with the philosophical and mental alterations that it prompted.

The e-book explores the occasionally corrupt, frequently gridlocked, yet continuously exciting politics of the period, from Tanner’s days as tax collector in Brooklyn via his short-lived appointment as commissioner of pensions (one of the largest jobs within the federal executive of the 1880s). Marten presents a brilliant case research of a vintage Gilded Age entrepreneur who may well by no means make adequate funds. America’s Corporal is a mirrored image at the construction of celebrity—and of its final failure to maintain the reminiscence of a guy who represented such a lot of of the stories and assumptions of the Gilded Age.

Published with the beneficiant help of the Amanda and Greg Gregory relations Fund

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