William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 14, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 832 pages

The New York Times best-selling biography of one of America’s most storied military figures.

General William Tecumseh Sherman’s 1864 burning of Atlanta solidified his legacy as a ruthless leader. Evolving from a spirited student at West Point, Sherman became a general who fought in some of the Civil War’s most decisive campaigns—Shiloh, Vicksburg, Atlanta—until finally, seeking a swift ending to the war’s horrendous casualties, he devastated southern resources on his famous March to the Sea across the Carolinas. Later, as general-in-chief of the U.S. Army, Sherman relentlessly paved the way west during the Indian wars. James Lee McDonough’s fresh insight reveals a man tormented by fears that history would pass him by and that he would miss his chance to serve his country. Drawing on years of research, McDonough delves into Sherman’s dramatic personal life, including his strained relationship with his wife, his personal debts, and his young son’s death. The result is a remarkable, illuminating portrait of an American icon.

 

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User Review  - santhony - LibraryThing

I enjoy biographies and I picked this one up because I recently read one on the life of Ulysses S. Grant and became intrigued by some of the references to William Tecumseh Sherman therein. I found ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kathleen - Goodreads

solid biography. came to know him as a man and his problems. interesting insight into his relationships with the other generals during the Civil War but short shrift is given to his life after the War . Would have liked more about that period. Read full review

Contents

IWAS FIT FOR THE ARMY BUT NOTHING ELSE
IN A HELL OF A
NO MAN CAN FORESEE THE
ACTION AT BULL
CRAZY IN KENTUCKY
TRIUMPHANT IN TENNESSEE
THIS IS NO COMMON
THE STRONGEST PLACE I EVER

DEPRIVED OF MILITARY GLORY
CALIFORNIA AGAINA BRANDNEW GAME
GOLDEN STATE BANKER
THE RIVER OF OUR GREATNESS IS FREE Chapter 19 WHY WAS I NOT KILLED ATVICKSBURG?
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James Lee McDonough is a Civil War historian and the author of nine books, including Nashville: The Western Confederacy’s Final Gamble. He lives in Lewisburg, Tennessee, and Flagler Beach, Florida.

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