By James Marten
James Tanner could be the most famed individual in nineteenth-century the US that nobody has heard of. in the course of his carrier within the Union military, he misplaced the reduce 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 loss of life President Abraham Lincoln in April 1865, Tanner finally turned one of many best-known males in Gilded Age the United States. He used to be a hugely put Republican operative, a favored Grand military of the Republic speaker, an entrepreneur, and a celeb. He earned repute and at the very least transitority fortune as “Corporal Tanner,” yet so much american citizens may easily have identified him as “The Corporal.” but nearly no one—not even historians of the Civil warfare and Gilded Age— is aware him today.
America’s Corporal rectifies this startling hole in our knowing of the many years that the Civil conflict. Drawing on a number of basic assets together with memoirs, lectures, newspapers, pension documents, veterans’ association files, poetry, and political cartoons, James Marten brings Tanner’s lifestyles and personality into concentration and exhibits what it intended to be a veteran— particularly a disabled veteran—in an period that initially worshipped the saviors of the Union yet then stumbled on ambiguity of their political energy and insistence on gathering 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 battle, together with the philosophical and mental alterations that it prompted.
The publication explores the occasionally corrupt, frequently gridlocked, yet continuously wonderful 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 most important jobs within the federal executive of the 1880s). Marten presents a vibrant case learn of a vintage Gilded Age entrepreneur who may well by no means make adequate cash. 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 studies and assumptions of the Gilded Age.
Published with the beneficiant help of the Amanda and Greg Gregory family members Fund
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