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Henry Halleck

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Definition: Mexican-American War veteran and Union general ("Old Brains") who commanded first the Western department and then all the Union armies. In 1864, he was named chief of staff, a secretarial office. Like General George McClellan, he was known for deliberate action and fighting by the book.

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The Civil War
The Civil War was one of the most devastating events in American History. Read about the causes, see the heroes, and share the horror. Start here.

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Henry Halleck Biography
Good, detailed biography, including primary sources.

More on Henry Halleck
Lots more on Lincoln's chief of staff.

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