Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman

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Library of America, 1990 - Literary Collections - 1136 pages
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Hailed as prophet of modern war and condemned as a harbinger of modern barbarism, William Tecumseh Sherman is the most controversial general of the American Civil War. “War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it,” he wrote in fury to the Confederate mayor of Atlanta, and his memoir is filled with dozens of such wartime exchanges. With the propulsive energy and intelligence that marked his campaigns, Sherman describes striking incidents and anecdotes and collects dozens of his incisive and often outspoken wartime orders and reports. This complex self-portrait of an innovative and relentless American warrior provides firsthand accounts of the war's crucial events—Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, the Atlanta campaign, the marches through Georgia and the Carolinas.

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Averysboro, N.C. and the conflict there is described by Sherman. He nonchalantly recites that 108 are buried on the first day and "a serious loss" the next day of 12 officers and 65 men killed (pp ... Read full review

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The period of the book includes only the siege on Atlanta and the "march to the sea" of the first American examples of total war taken to the enemy's people. The book is composed, largely, of ... Read full review

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Charles Royster, editor of this volume, is Boyd Professor of History at Louisiana State University and author ofThe Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans.

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