Adolphus Washington Greely: A Man of Indomitable Courage

Adolphus Washington Greely: A Man of Indomitable Courage

by Paul Walker

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The amazing life of the leader of the deadly Lady Franklin Bay Expedition.

A Union soldier who rose to prominence during the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, Adolphus Washington Greely went on to command black troops in yellow-fever-ridden New Orleans, survive a brutal three years in Greenland, tame mobs after the San Francisco earthquake, organize the National Geographic Society, and, at 91, become the oldest person to receive the United States Congressional Medal of Honor. During his lifetime, he was instrumental in advancing American scientific exploration and promoting civil service and was the most well-known person in the world. Yet, barely 80 years after his death, he is relatively unknown. This is the story of his remarkable life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455619993
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/11/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

A distinguished military graduate of Missouri State University, Paul D. Walker served two tours in Vietnam and went on to a thirty-year career in the armored cavalry division, earning sixteen awards for valor and achievement. He earned master’s degrees in both international relations and public administration from Shippensburg University and taught political science and history at a local university in Salt Lake City. He is a member of the Civil War Round Table, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Purple Heart Society, Vietnam Veterans of America, and American Legion. He has published two additional books on military strategy and history with Pelican: The Cavalry Battle That Saved the Union: Custer vs. Stuart at Gettysburg and Truman’s Dilemma: Invasion or The Bomb. Walker resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 The Early Years 13

Chapter 2 Leadership Training 39

Chapter 3 Joining the Signal Corps 49

Chapter 4 The Arctic Expedition 65

Chapter 5 Life at Fort Conger 87

Chapter 6 The Farthest North 99

Chapter 7 Rescue Attempts 125

Chapter 8 Self-Rescue 139

Chapter 9 Desperation 151

Chapter 10 Leading the Signal Corps 181

Chapter 11 Promotion and Retirement 193

Epilogue 207

Recommendations 211

Notes 213

Bibliography 217

Index 219

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