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Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Ambassador-Emerald, Intl.
Publication Date: 2011
Availability: Available to ship on or about 04/11/14.
Author and historian Chaplain (Colonel) Ken Lawson has accomplished a feat with this thrilling story of a forgotten American hero, Brigadier General Gustavus Loomis. Lawson digs through a scant historical record in a compelling effort. The historian's task here is daunting. General Loomis did not write a book or keep a journal. Relying on obituaries, tangential journal references, census records, newspaper articles and various published and unpublished documents, aided by a little speculation, Lawson recreates the epic story of a man who lived and died for his savior Jesus Christ, and for his nation in its formative years.
From Vermont during the Second Great Awakening with the preaching of Rev. Asa Burton, through West Point, the War of 1812, numerous Indian Wars, the Mexican War, and ending in the Civil War, Gustavus Loomis served more than fifty-five years in uniform. He was a solid military professional, a good husband, father and grandfather, as well as a consistent Bible reader and teacher. Inspired by the Gospel command to love one's neighbor, Gustavus Loomis was an early foe of slavery, a hero in combat yet a compassionate man who showed mercy to the downtrodden, especially Native Americans, former foes on the battlefield, displaced from their tribal homelands to reservations in the West. I enjoyed this book. As a fellow West Pointer, and Christian soldier, this book is an inspiring and fascinating look at a forgotten age in American history. Highly recommended! -Chaplain (Brigadier General) Eugene R. Woolridge, US Army Reserve, Assistant Chief of Chaplains, Mobilization and Readiness
Colonel Lawson has rescued the memory of his fellow Vermonter and given us a detailed portrait of a unique soldier. Most of us have never heard of General Loomis, but none of us----after reading this narrative of his life----is likely to forget him. A worthy read, it combines military history with the personal story of a man who balanced well his obligations to God, to family, and to country; and performed them with joy.
In this telling we learn of wars with Britain, with Mexico, with American Indian tribes, and with fellow Americans in the War Between the States. We learn of the seeming naturalness of the General's concern for the spiritual well-being of his men and his concern for blacks and their education, much ahead of his times. In its reading we find pleasure and profit. Having received both, I recommend it. -Edward M. Panosian, Professor of Church History (retired), Bob Jones University
Chaplain (Colonel) Kenneth Lawson has done a masterful job intertwining the biography of brevet Brigadier General Gustavus Loomis with the times in which he lived. Loomis stands out as a Christian officer for all seasons, with service that spanned most of the nineteenth century. Loomis functions not only as a role model for leadership from the War of 1812 through the end of the Civil War, but also as a prism through which one may see many historical events in a new light. I am pleased to recommend this scholarly but entertaining book to anyone interested in American military or religious history. -Dr. John W. Brinsfield, Army Chaplain Corps Historian, Adjunct Professor, Wesley Theological Seminary
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