Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman (Library of America)

Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman (Library of America)


Hailed as prophet of recent conflict and condemned as a harbinger of sleek barbarism, William Tecumseh Sherman is the most debatable basic of the yankee Civil struggle. “War is cruelty, and also you can't refine it,” he wrote in fury to the Confederate mayor of Atlanta, and his memoir is stuffed with dozens of such wartime exchanges. With the propulsive power and intelligence that marked his campaigns, Sherman describes striking incidents and anecdotes and collects dozens of his incisive and frequently outspoken wartime orders and studies. This complex self-portrait of an leading edge and constant American warrior presents firsthand debts of the war’s an important events—Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, the Atlanta crusade, the marches via Georgia and the Carolinas.

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