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Name:  Gerald J. Prokopowicz  

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Illinois Connection

Gerald J. Prokopowicz practiced law for several years in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gerald J. Prokopowicz specializes in Public History and the Civil War era. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan, and practiced law for several years in Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and served for nine years as the Lincoln Scholar at the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he co-wrote the award winning permanent exhibit “Abraham Lincoln and the American Experiment,” and edited the quarterly bulletin Lincoln Lore.As a professor of public history, Dr. Prokopowicz is dedicated to training students to practice history outside of academia, and to removing the artificial barriers that divide academic historians from public historians and from the public itself. He is a member of the Advisory Board to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Lincoln Forum. He has written numerous reviews and articles for popular and scholarly periodicals. His current research interests include public perceptions of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War military tactics.


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All for the regiment :
ISBN: 080782626X. OCLC Number: 45283171

University of North Carolina Press,. .

"All for the Regiment traces how the amateur soldiers who formed the Army of the Ohio bridged widely varying backgrounds to organize themselves into individual regiments of remarkable strength and cohesion. Successive commanders Robert Anderson, William T. Sherman, and Don Carlos Buell all failed to integrate those regiments into an effective organization, however. The result was a decentralized and elastic army that was easily disrupted and difficult to command - but also nearly impossible to destroy in combat." "Exploring the army's behavior at minor engagements such as Rowlett's Station and Logan's Cross Roads, as well as major battles such as Shiloh and Perryville, Prokopowicz shows how its regiment-oriented culture prevented the army from experiencing decisive results - either complete victory or catastrophic defeat - on the battlefield. Regimental solidarity was at once the Army of the Ohio's greatest strength, he argues, and its most dangerous vulnerability." "More than a traditional campaign narrative, the book uses the Army of the Ohio's example to advance an innovative argument regarding battlefield performance in the Civil War. How an army fared in battle was primarily determined not by the skill of its commander or the technological sophistication of its weapons, Prokopowicz says, but by the way in which it was recruited and organized."--BOOK JACKET.

All for the Regiment.
ISBN: 9781469615059. OCLC Number: 951808105

The University of North Carolina Press,. .

Despite its important role in the early years of the Civil War, the Army of the Ohio remains one of the least studied of all Union commands. With All for the Regiment, Gerald Prokopowicz deftly fills this surprising gap. He offers an engaging history of the army from its formation in 1861 to its costly triumph at Shiloh and its failure at Perryville in 1862. Prokopowicz shows how the amateur soldiers who formed the Army of the Ohio organized themselves into individual regiments of remarkable strength and cohesion. Successive commanders Robert Anderson, William T. Sherman, and Don Carlos Buell.

Did Lincoln own slaves? :
ISBN: 9780307279293. OCLC Number: 232980452

Vintage Books,. .

Answers the most unusual, provocative, and frequently asked questions about Abraham Lincoln.