In spite of many stories of the Thorne legend that suggest his attention-span might have been too short for a peacetime officer, I always thought that the qualities that made him so extraordinary in combat would serve him well in any situation. They were universal skills that came natural to Thorne. I was not surprised then when the US Army records showed this was precisely the case: he was an exceptional leader under all circumstances.
My essay provides detail on Thorne's performance in both the peacetime and warime American armies.
© J. Michael Cleverley 2008