Try Encyclopedia Britannica on-line that has a portrait of Halleck and the
article below found at:
. Likewise, Halleck is mentioned
in another article about Abe Lincoln
"Halleck, Henry W(agner)
Born Jan. 16, 1815, Westernville, N.Y., U.S.
Died Jan. 9, 1872, Louisville, KY.
Union officer during the American Civil War who, despite his administrative
skill as general in chief (186264), failed to achieve an overall battle
strategy for Union forces.
A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. (1839), Halleck
was commissioned in the engineers and sent in 1844 to visit the principal
military establishments of Europe. After his return to the United States,
he delivered a course of lectures on the science of war, published in 1846
as Elements of Military Art and Science, which was widely used as a
textbook by volunteer officers during the Civil War. When the Mexican War
broke out (1846), he served with the U.S. expedition to the Pacific Coast
and became California's secretary of state under the military government;
in 1849, he helped frame the state constitution. Five years later, he
resigned his commission and took up the practice of law.
When war erupted between the states (1861), Halleck returned to the army as
a major general and was charged with the supreme command of the Western
theatre. Here he was instrumental in bringing order out of chaos in the
hurried formations of large volunteer armies, but the military successes of
the spring of 1862 were due mainly to the military skill of such
subordinate generals as Ulysses S. Grant and John Pope. In July, however,
with some misgivings President Lincoln called Halleck to Washington as his
military adviser and general in chief of the armies. Held responsible for
subsequent reverses of Union generals in Virginia and frequently at odds
with his subordinates and with the secretary of war, Edwin M. Stanton, he
was replaced by Grant in March 1864. He then served as chief of staff until
the end of the war."
To cite this page:
"Halleck, Henry W" Encyclopædia Britannica
[Accessed August 12, 2002].
At 07:38 AM 8/12/02 -0700, tiffany richardson wrote:
is anyone familiar with the civil war? I remember
there was a Halleck in it-a famous Halleck-I thought
he fought along side Longstreet but I could be wrong.
My cousin thinks he maybe our ancestor. If anyone is
familiar with him, would you please send me his name
and it would be really great if you knew where I could
find a picture of him (if one does exist)-Its a lot to
ask..but thank you for any help that you are able to
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