Joseph Holt, the stern, brilliant, and deeply committed Unionist from Kentucky, spent the first several months of the American Civil War successfully laboring to maintain Kentucky’s loyalty to the Union, then went on to serve as President Lincoln’s judge advocate general. In "Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky," Elizabeth Leonard offers the first full-scale biography of Holt, who has long been overlooked and misunderstood by historians and students of the war. The book seeks to restore Holt, who dedicated both his energy and his influence to ensuring that the Federal victory would bring about lasting positive change for the nation, to his rightful place in American memory.
Elizabeth D. Leonard is the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History at Colby College. She is the author of several books, including "Lincoln’s Avengers: Justice, Revenge, and Reunion after the Civil War."
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