Curmudgeons, Drunkards, and Outright Fools (book)

The above heading is the 2003 title of a book originally published as Tarnished Eagles: The Courts-Martial of Fifty Union Colonels and Lieutenant Colonels. Stackpole Books, 1997. Its author, Thomas P. Lowry, is a retired psychiatrist and associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco.

Here is the link to a book review from Historynet.com by John Hennessy of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Hennessy says:

“Tarnished Eagles is the product of great labor on Lowry’s part: the indexing of all Union courts-martial convened during the war. This is a critical fact to consider when judging this volume. Lowry did not simply go plowing through court-martial records in search of the most lurid, provocative stories. Instead, he has made his way through virtually all of the records (100,000 of them), and from these he has selected a sample that support theses that emerged as part of the larger project. That fact lends the book, and Lowry’s assertions, great credibility, for they are offered with the benefit of considerable context.”

“… The book’s structure tailors it perfectly for bedtime reading.”