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1. Memoirs of General William T.
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2. Life and reminiscences of General
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3. General W.T. Sherman as college
 
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12. War and Ruin: William T. Sherman
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19. The White Tecumseh: A Biography
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1. Memoirs of General William T. Sherman
by William T. 1820-1891 Sherman
Paperback: 418 Pages (2010-08-04)
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Before his spectacular career as General of the Union forces, William Tecumseh Sherman experienced decades of failure and depression. Drifting between the Old South and new West, Sherman witnessed firsthand many of the critical events of early nineteenth-century America: the Mexican War, the gold rush, the banking panics, and the battles with the Plains Indians. It wasn't until his victory at Shiloh, in 1862, that Sherman assumed his legendary place in American history. After Shiloh, Sherman sacked Atlanta and proceeded to burn a trail of destruction that split the Confederacy and ended the war. His strategy forever changed the nature of warfare and earned him eternal infamy throughout the South.

Sherman's Memoirs evoke the uncompromising and deeply complex general as well as the turbulent times that transformed America into a world power. This Penguin Classics edition includes a fascinating introduction and notes by Sherman biographer Michael Fellman.

"Because [Sherman] was a ruthlessly sharp intellect and a writer of considerable power, his memoirs succeed in presenting a vivid picture not only of his actions and reactions, but of the world through which he moved with wit and bluster and broadsword."--Michael Fellman, from the Introduction ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What a Heartless Individual!
But, what an historical figure. No Presidential aspirations, nothing. But destruction and devastation to win a war. Hmmm. Today, his actions would be considered barbaric and uncivilized. Consider what's going on at the Mexican border, now.... Maybe Sherman could straighten it out, hmmmm...

5-0 out of 5 stars Memoirs of General Sherman
The book was in good condition (as I ordered) excellent price,it arrived in a resonable amount of time. I am very satisfied with my over all experience and I would recommend them to all future buyers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sherman reveals himself
W T Sherman, General, U S Army was a most impresive commander. His memoirs go a long way in explaining some of the 'whys' of the great campaigns he led. And lead he did. The general went so far, on occason,as to eschew use of a tent and slept on the ground with his men using only a tent-half. The letters in the book provide insight into Lincoln's, Grant's, Sherman's et al's thinking on many issues related to the prosecution of the Civil War. A great American wrote a great book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Memoirs of William Tecumseh Sherman
I'm amazed at how beautifully the people of that time period used our English language, so different from current day prose with all it's crudities. A wonderful picture of the thought and sympathies of the time and so different from what my expectations were, based on my readings of the Civil War and afterwards. Great experience!

5-0 out of 5 stars Little more to say...
If you enjoy reading then you should get this book. Its subject matter, the American Civil War and the many characters in that great tragedy, is fascinating enough by itself, but what makes this book extraordinary reading is the amazing grasp and skill of the writer. General Sherman's narrative brings to life the day to day experiences of the officers and men engaged in one of history's epic struggles, the outcome of which resonates in our world still. ... Read more


2. Life and reminiscences of General Wm. T. Sherman
by Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Thomas C Fletcher, William T. 1820-1891 Sherman
Paperback: 520 Pages (2010-08-17)
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more


3. General W.T. Sherman as college president; a collection of letters, documents, and other material, chiefly from private sources, relating to the life and ... years of Louisiana State University, and
by William T. 1820-1891 Sherman, Walter L. 1874-1932 Fleming
Paperback: 410 Pages (2010-08-08)
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This book an EXACT reproduction of the original book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more


4. Who burnt Columbia?: official depositions of Wm. Tecumseh Sherman and Gen. O.O. Howard, U.S.A., for the defence, and extracts from some of the depositions for the claimants
by O O. 1830-1909 Howard, William T. 1820-1891 Sherman
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Originally published in 1873.This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies.All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume. ... Read more


5. Home letters of General Sherman;
by William T. 1820-1891 Sherman, M A. De Wolfe 1864-1960 Howe
Paperback: 432 Pages (2010-08-29)
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more


6. The Sherman letters; correspondence between General and Senator Sherman from 1837 to 1891
by William T. 1820-1891 Sherman, John Sherman, Rachel Sherman Thorndike
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7. General Sherman's official account of his great march through Georgia and the Carolinas, from his departure from Chattanooga to the surrender of General ... To which is added, General Sherman's
by William T. 1820-1891 Sherman, C A Alvord
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8. General Sherman's official account of his great march through Georgia and the Carolinas, from his departure from Chattanooga to the surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston and the Confederate forces under his command. To which is added, General Sherman's evidence before the Congressional committee on the conduct of the war; the animadversions of Secretary Stanton and General Halleck: with a defence of his proceedings, etc
by William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891 Sherman
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9. Memoirs of General William T. Sherman Volume 1
by William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891 Sherman
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10. The Sherman letters; correspondence between General and Senator
by Sherman. William T. (William Tecumseh). 1820-1891.
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11. The Sherman Letters: Correspondence Between General and Senator Sherman from 1837 to 1891
by William T. Sherman, Rachel Sherman Thorndike, John Sherman
 Hardcover: 398 Pages (1972-06)
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1894. With Portraits. Introduction: Soon after beginning the work of arranging my father's papers for publication, I found a series of letters which awoke my deepest interest. They covered a period extending from 1837 to 1891, and proved to be the complete correspondence between my father and his brother John during those more than fifty years. These letters, exchanged by two brothers of such eminence, and many of them written during the most stirring events of our country's history, seem to me unique. They form a collection, complete in itself; they are of great historical value, and the expressions of opinion which they obtain are so freely given as to furnish an excellent idea of the relations that existed between my father and his brother. Realizing all this, I have decided to publish the correspondence by itself; and in so doing, my chief desire has been to let the letters speak for themselves, and to put them such form that they may be easily understood. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Sherman Letters
The book was sent to Iraq as expeditiously as possible.The recipient enjoyed it very much.Thank you Carole Rhodes ... Read more


12. War and Ruin: William T. Sherman and the Savannah Campaign (American Crisis Series)
by Anne J. Bailey
Hardcover: 152 Pages (2002-10-01)
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>I can make this march, and make Georgia howl. -William Tecumseh Sherman The March to the Sea shocked Georgians from Atlanta to Savannah. In the late autumn of 1864, as Sherman's troops cut a four-week long path of terror through Georgia, Sherman accomplished his objective: to destroy civilian morale and with it their support for the Confederate cause. His actions elicited a passionate reaction as tales of his dastardly deeds and destruction burned Sherman's name into the Southern psyche. But does the Savannah Campaign deserve the reputation it has been given? In her new book War and Ruin, Anne J. Bailey examines this event and investigates just how much truth is behind the popular historical notions. Bailey contends that the psychological horror rather than the actual physical damage-which was not as devastating as believed-led to the wilting of Southern morale. War and Ruin looks at the March to the Sea from its inception in Atlanta to its culmination in Savannah. This fascinating text is a chronicle of not just the campaign itself, but also a revealing description of how the people of Georgia were affected. War and Ruin brilliantly combines military history and human interest to achieve a convincing portrayal of what really happened in Sherman's epic effort to smash the Confederate spirit in Georgia. ... Read more


13. Memoirs of Gen. William T. ShermanVolume 2
by William T. (William Tecumseh) Sherman
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery. ... Read more


14. Sherman's Civil War: Selected Correspondence of William T. Sherman, 1860-1865 (Civil War America)
by Brooks D. Simpson
Hardcover: 976 Pages (1999-05-10)
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Arranged chronologically, this volume features the more than 400 letters written between the year of Abraham Lincoln's election and the day Sherman bade farewell to his troops in 1865. 12 illustrations. 6 maps. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A man of war, a man of letters...a magnificent collection of Uncle Billy's writings!!
William Tecumseh Sherman was a brilliant military genius and a true eccentric.
A fascinating and complex man, who found his destiny in war. Sherman revelled in war and owed much to it: he began it as an former officer of modest means and ended it hailed as the Union greatest general next to Grant. At the same time he loathed and despised war and was horrified by it. He was shocked by what the war did to his country, his people, his soldiers and to himself. At times he was appalled by his duties as an officer, but he was always highly resolved to perform these duties.

Everybody who has ever read his memoirs knows that Sherman was not only a great general but also a very talented writer. His memoirs are not a dry succession of events and his part in it, but they convey how he lived through the war and how and why he did what he did in it.
Now professor Brooks D. Simpson has edited a big volume of his Sherman's correspondence from the Civil War years. Again it is the quality of the Sherman's writing which catches the eye and pleases the mind. His letters, as are his memoirs, are a joy to read. This book offers an interesting perspective on Sherman and his part in the war. Reading the memoirs is like having Sherman telling his war experiences to you, long after the facts. This is interesting enough but reading his letters is even more so. It feels like being there with him in his tent, in some Union camp during the war, looking over his shoulder while events are shaping. A truly fascinating experience.
He pours his heart out to his brother John, to his wife Ellen, to his friend Grant and to many others.
So many aspects of his personality appear: his quicksilver intelligence, his warmth and humanity, his wicked and dry sense of humour, his fundamental decency and his military capability.
Read this book and look intro Sherman's mind: it is an interesting place.

The book itself is a big b*gger, but once you've started, you'll be grateful that is is so big: you'll hate to finish it. It looks great, which I like in books and it's very nicely turned out, with good quality binding , high grade paper, a pretty typesetting and a nice dust jacket design. Listings and indexes are clear and elaborate, which is useful in a book like this. So here's a big thumbs up to thepublisher's (Chapel Hill North Carolina State University Press): very well done, a fine piece of work!!!

I can't recommend this too highly. A must for all those who are interested in history, in the American Civil War and/or in Sherman. Read and enjoy the letters uncle Billy wrote in those four years of war and enjoy the sight and the feel of this beautifully made book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great collection of primary documents
It's difficult to rate a collection of primary documents such as this one for several reasons.The quality of the documents themselves might be very good but the arrangement or editing of them might be very poor, in which case it becomes a question of whether you should rate the volume well for the documents themselves or poorly for the editing job.Fortunately this collection does not have that issue, as both the primary documents themselves and the editing of them are excellent.

This massive volume contains much of Sherman's correspondence during the war.Surprisingly, these letters are enjoyable to read, and the editors have done a great job of compiling and editing them.Reading these letters, orders, etc of General Sherman can give someone a very unique perspective of the Civil War as Sherman himself saw it, without the bias of authors who have written about it since and without the inevitable coloring of events that happens later when war heroes write about their experiences (and which certainly affected his memoirs, though I do believe they were very honest and straightforward).General Sherman is one of my heroes from the Civil War, and this collection of glimpses into his brilliant mind certainly fed my understanding and fascination of the man.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful glimpse into the mind of Sherman
William T. Sherman was an irascible, unpredictably brilliant man and his letters bring out these myriad traits. He was a fascinating man and his own words illuminate his fiery personality. Sherman's own 1875 memoirs are a mixed bag, marred by an over-abundance of wartime correspondence and ancillary material. This collection of his letters actually makes for more engrossing, instructive reading. We hear his opinions on the major players of the Civil War: Grant, Halleck and Lincoln. We gain an understanding of his tortured relationship with his wife, Ellen, to whom many of the letters are addressed. His visceral hatred of the press and reporters is well represented.

The collection is expertly edited by Brooks Simpson, someone who thoroughly understands both Sherman and the civil war era. The notes are instructive and unobtrusive and the introduction lays the groundwork for appreciating Sherman and his correspondence. This is an outstanding book for anyone who wishes to get to know the erratic and intellectual General who was second only to Ulysses S. Grant in ability and results. ... Read more


15. Memoirs of Gen. William T. ShermanVolume 1
by William T. ( Tecumseh) Sherman
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16. The March to the Sea and Beyond: Sherman's Troops in the Savannah and Carolinas Campaigns
by Joseph T. Glatthaar
Paperback: 318 Pages (1995-10)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good rendering of the March to the Sea and through the Carolinas

The March to the Sea and the subsequent traversing of the Carolinas was an early introduction in the United States to something like total warfare. When Sherman said later that "War is all Hell," he was well describing his army's depredations against the heart of the Confederacy.

The book begins with context, the background of the forces that made the long march. The four corps that made up the force--the 14th, 15,th, and 16th Corps, all from the Western armies. The 20th Corps, however, was an amalgamation of the old Army of the Potomac's 11th and 12th Corps, sent West to help Ulysses Grant break out of the siege at Chattanooga. Background information includes chapters in the Army and blacks, and the Army and southern whites. Discussion of camp life also occurs.

But it is the march that is the centerpiece of this book (and it takes a while to get to that centerpiece). By Chapter 6, we get to the march. As the author, Joseph Glatthaar, says (Page 100): "Sherman's Savannah and Carolinas campaigns were very different from any other campaign in the War." The author explains why, and then describes that march, the foraging that accompanied the march, and thedestruction (especially in evidence in South Carolina, the originator of secession). Toward the end of the Carolinas campaign, the Confederacy put together a force, with the remnants of the Army of the Tennessee (after John Bell Hood had largely destroyed the army in his self-destructive battles at Franklin and Nashville) and other forces based in the Carolinas (it would have been nice to have an order of battle so that one could clearly see the various units involved in battle). We see the final Confederate defeats at Averasborough and Bentonville.

Finally, the surrender of Joseph Johnston's forces to Sherman and the Grand Review in Washington, D. C. as the federal troops marched through the streets.

Overall, a nice work. Not overly detailed and lengthy and it takes a while to get started. But a good summary of what went on.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Writing
I thought this a good book for anyone reading about or studying Major-General William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea and the March through the Carolinas.It captures the thoughts and personalities of the Army behind the man and gives the reader an insight to why they did some of the things that are so controversial today.

5-0 out of 5 stars A look at 'Uncle Billy's boys
This book contains an examination of the army that General William Tecumseh Sherman led through Georgia and the Carolinas, in late 1864 and early 1865.Instead of being just another narrative of the March to the Sea and Carolina campaigns, however, Glatthaar's book is a look at the individuals that composed the army.In it, he examines the social and ideological backgrounds of the men in Sherman's army, and evaluates how they felt about various factors of the war--slavery, the union, and, most significantly, the campaign in which they were participating.The result is a fascinating look at Sherman's campaigns through the eyes of the everyday soldier.Glatthaar makes the army come alive, and shows the men not as heartless animals who delighted in wanton destruction, not as mechanized marching machines who could perform the most difficult marches without even flinching, but instead as real human beings, complete with sore feet, empty stomachs, and minds engaged in contemplation over the ethical ramifications of what they were doing to the people of the South.

This book, and others like it (such as James McPherson's For Cause and Comrades), is a refreshing change from the norm in Civil War history.The value of this book lies in its helping the reader understand that the war was fought by individuals, not masses of blue and gray, and that these individuals felt and thought a great deal about the cause they were engaged in.I have read much on the subject of Sherman's march, but never before this book did I truly feel like I understood the mentality of the 60,000 man army he led.This book will not give you a detailed and thorough account of Sherman's campaigns, but it will give anyone who already is somewhat familiar with the marches an incredible amount of insight that, I believe, cannot be gained elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars A view of the war from ground level
I have to confess a bias; Professor Glatthaar taught me US history in myfirst semester of college and was a very engaging, entertaining and clearteacher.

This book is history of the very best kind.It is extensivelydocumented from primary sources, it is well written and draws the reader inand the text of the book is free from cumbersome and often distractingacademic citation apparatus.It also has selected a topic of almost epicproportions.

The March to the Sea, coming on the heels of thedevastating fall of Atlanta was the straw that broke the South's back. After years of war and the related hardships, the devastation that thismarch produced in the South dealt a death blow to the South's war effort.

In one of the great strategic decisions of the war, Sherman breaks hislines of communication and supply and, like a modern day nuclear sub,disappears only to resurface at Savannah.The freedom of movement thatthis decision allowed made this march even more effective.

Further, theproductivity of the South, even after years of warfare is evidenced.Theauthor presents data showing an increase in the weight of soldiers due tothe richness of the diet they were able to secure from those unfortunateenough to be in the path of Sherman's army.

To quibble with a priorreviewer, this is not a novel.This is academic history of the best sortbut written in a easy and accesible manner. A great book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Learn more about Sherman's Soldiers- in their own words
Joseph Glatthaar wrote this book in order to examine Sherman's march across the South "from the level of the common soldier, both enlisted and officer".In the introduction he states that by writing the bookfrom this perspective, he hoped "to restore the reality of thecampaigns, to understand the underlying motivation of Sherman's men foradopting a policy of devestation and to shed light on the total-war conceptin military history".

Mr. Glatthaar's efforts have resulted in thisvery informative and engaging book.I did not know a lot about Sherman'sArmy before reading this book, and feel that I now have a much betterunderstanding of the men who filled the ranks and led the regiments intheir famous march to the sea.In his text, Mr. Glatthaar presents manyquotes directly from letters and diaries written by Sherman's men, whichreally enhances the story and his conclusions.

I recommend this bookfor anyone wanting to learn about Sherman's Army- why it was successful,why it adopted a policy of total war, destroying much of the South, and whyit remains controversial to this day. ... Read more


17. Travel Accounts of General William T. Sherman to Spokan Falls, Washington Territory, in the Summers of 1877 and 1883
by William T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan
 Hardcover: 230 Pages (1984-06)
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18. Memoirs of General William T. Sherman By Himself (Civil War Centennial Series.)
by William Tecumseh Sherman
Hardcover: 405 Pages (1972-11-22)
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19. The White Tecumseh: A Biography of General William T. Sherman
by Stanley P. Hirshson
Hardcover: 496 Pages (1997-04-09)
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Hailed by his admirers as "a fighting prophet," cursed by his enemies as "the concentrated quintessence of Yankeedom," General William Tecumseh Sherman is one of the most complex and fascinating figures in the history of the U.S. military. His fierce campaigns of the Civil War, climaxed by the burning of Atlanta and his famous march to the sea, are the stuff of legend. Yet, until now, much of Sherman's life and troubled times have remained mired in controversy. In this superbly detailed, scrupulously documented account, author Stanley P. Hirshson presents the most vivid, revealing, and complete biography ever of the controversial general.

Drawing on a wealth of new information, including actual regimental histories, The White Tecumseh offers a refreshing new perspective on a brilliant, tormented soul and often misunderstood leader. Peeling away layers of myth and misconception, Hirshson draws a remarkable portrait of an enigmatic, temperamental, and unique individual-a man of enormous contradictions, strengths, and weaknesses; a loyal but largely absent husband and father; a determined and courageous, yet deeply flawed, military man.

Born in 1820, "Cump" Sherman attended West Point, where his undisputed brilliance in tactics, artillery, ethics, and engineering far outshone his erratic conduct. Despite a slew of disciplinary demerits, he graduated sixth in a class of over two hundred. As a young soldier, he served in Florida during the Seminole Wars, before embarking on a checkered career as a banker in San Francisco, a lawyer in Kansas, and finally, a military school master in Louisiana.

When secession came, practicality more than principle led Sherman to Washington, where an appointment from Abraham Lincoln spurred his rise through the ranks.

The White Tecumseh offers a fresh and frank assessment of Sherman as a military tactician. For the first time, we learn how he was regarded by his own men. The battle of Shiloh made Sherman a national figure, while defeat at Bull Run cast doubt on his judgment and abilities. Publicly portrayed as an unbalanced hysteric—a perception fueled by his own proclamations of collusion and conspiracy—privately he suffered from depression, forever haunted by the mental instability that had plagued his mother's family.

However, it was on the long campaigns and marches, such as his march across Mississippi in the summer of 1863, that Sherman's logistical and leadership abilities excelled. With the capture and razing of Atlanta in 1864, Sherman's notoriety — and historical legacy — was assured. As one newspaper put it, "Grant walked into Vicksburg, McClellan walked around Richmond, but Sherman is walking upon Atlanta." In fact, his understanding of logistics would be admired and studied half a century later by another West Pointer: George S. Patton.

With previously unpublished photos taken from the West Point Archives, this thoroughly researched, wonderfully balanced account of one of history's most famous and provocative figures is a compelling, beautifully crafted biography.Amazon.com Review
William T. Sherman was Ulysses S. Grant's staunchest ally inthe Union Army; in 1862 he even dissuaded his friend fromresigning. This opinionated work on the leader of the merciless Marchto the Sea takes issue with many previous biographies. According toStanley Hirshon, Sherman was not a racist (at least, not by19th-century standards), not a philanderer (though he liked to flirt),and not a bad general (though he lost a lot of battles). The authormakes a persuasive case for these contentions in his strongly arguedtext. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Facts and Psychology
Granted, Stanley P. Hirshson's books THE WHITE TECUMSEH: A BIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM T. SHERMAN is painstakingly researched. Many facts about Sherman's life and personal experiences are detailed. Apart from the writer's presentation about Sherman's early behavior in Kentucky, the reader must infer from the general's behavior, as reported by the author, Sherman's over-all psychological profile.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sherman
I found the book entertaining as well as informative about General Sherman and some of the other personalities and events of the Civil War. The author has done an excellant job of researching his topic. It will be best received by readers who are true history buffs.

5-0 out of 5 stars As the author's student in Queens College...
As Prof. Hirshson's student, I can say that this book reflects the author quite well. It is an accurate account of General Sherman's life. The book is well written and while reading it, I was able to imagine Prof. Hirshson giving a lecture to me as opposed to just reading through it. The language is very user friendly.

4-0 out of 5 stars A man we love to hate
This is a biography of William Tecumseh Sherman by Stanley P. Hirshson, Professor at Queens College, City University of New York.On the surface, it seems to be an un-biased story of the life of a very complicated man.

Like so many Civil War generals on the Union side, Sherman was almost a failure in civilian life.He tried his hand at many professions, but never really made enough money to support his growing family.In the army, however, he had moments of brilliance.And brutality, evidenced most clearly in his march to the sea.He could send his men into a town with orders to destroy it, then wander through the same town afterward looking for friends who lived there when he knew them.He admitted that many of the soldiers he commanded during that time were not much more than thieves and ruffians.

The book starts slowly and ends the same.Most of Sherman's story is the Civil War, four years of privation, desperation, and triumph.Maligned by his enemies, again as were most successful generals, his fights after the war were political, although he never sought political office.Rather his ambitions were for himself as the highest ranking officer in the U.S. Army, and for the Army itself.

Although this is a scholarly work, it is an easy read, especially for a Civil War buff.There are moments when the reader will feel she is attaining some insight into his personality.But those moments slip away quite often.Because of this, the reader might wonder if something is being held back.For instance, I would like to have seen more details of the post-Civil War Army policies toward the Native Americans, something Sherman had much to do with.

This is a must read for the Civil War scholar, American military history fan, and those interested in 19th century America.Sherman lived in much of the U.S. and details of these places in his time add to our understanding of life when our great-grandparents were young.

4-0 out of 5 stars A NICE ADDITION TO YOUR COLLECTION - SORT OF
A readable book.The author's "hobby horse." i.e. mental illness in the Sherman Family, ergo, Sherman himself, is pretty thin.This is certainly not a "end all" work on the life of this particular general, but it is well worth reading.I was not overly thrilled with the author's transitional techniques at times, nor his speculations as to motivation as he, the author, did not give us enough actual proof.Would recommend the book for your collection, but would not recommend you try passing yourself off as a "Sherman Expert" after you have read it. ... Read more


20. Sherman's March: The First Full-Length Narrative of General William T. Sherman's Devastating March through Georgia and the Carolinas
by Burke Davis
Paperback: 352 Pages (1988-05-12)
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Asin: 0394757637
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Sherman's March is the vivid narrative of General William T. Sherman's devastating sweep through Georgia and the Carolinas in the closing days of the Civil War. Weaving together hundreds of eyewitness stories, Burke Davis graphically brings to life the dramatic experiences of the 65,000 Federal troops who plundered their way through the South and those of the anguished -- and often defiant -- Confederate women and men who sought to protect themselves and their family treasures, usually in vain. Dominating these events is the general himself -- "Uncle Billy" to his troops, the devil incarnate to the Southerners he encountered.

"What gives this narrative its unusual richness is the author's collation of hundreds of eyewitness accounts...The actions are described in the words, often picturesque and often eloquent, of those who were there, either as participants -- Union soldiers, Confederate soldiers -- in the fighting and destruction or as victims of Sherman's frank vow to 'make Georgia howl.' Mr. Davis intercuts these scenes with closeups of the chief actors in this nightmarish drama, and he also manages to give us a coherent historical account of the whole episode. A powerful illustration of the proposition put forth in Sherman's most famous remark." -- The New Yorker

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Customer Reviews (25)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Barbarous Sherman
Excellent book. However, it's sad that Sherman's claim to fame was his targeting of civilians in his destruction of the south, very reminisced of Genghis Khan, whom history has a more unfavorable view of, unlike Sherman.

3-0 out of 5 stars Rape and murder
Make no mistake.

A large army of servicemen, who had not seen women for extended periods of time, will and did rape - and by necessity, drunkenness and accessibility- murder civilians with total impunity. This was especially true the more removed they were from the main column, where there was virtually no supervision by senior officers.

Those civilians, although structurally a part of the southern system, were innocent. Brutalizing and killing women and children is the type of action that should and will leave a scar in the history of a nation and the history of warfare in general.

The proof of its inherent evil is that even if it may have worked for the purpose of wining the civil war- according to Sherman's rationalization- it also became the seed of what ultimately led to its inevitable conclusion: the atomic bomb.

Lets not be distracted by Sherman's brilliant character as a military man and his talent as a writer: once you purposely approved the hostile action by desensitized military veterans against innocent women and children you have mangled your legacy and left a gift of unaccountability and hopelessness for humanity.
Something we would learn much too well in the 20th century and today.

2-0 out of 5 stars SHERMEN'S MARCH
tHIS BOOK SHOULD BE READ BY SOMEONE WHO ALREADY HAS READ MUCH ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR, iT IS CHOCK FULL OF PERSONAL INFO,BUT WILL BE CONFUSING TO THE A READER WHO IS NOT FAMILAR WITH THE CHARACTERS AND PLACES

5-0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Books I've Read
This book is easy to read!The author does not write above or below the reader.It's a great straight forward book filled with a large amount of information. The information presented will be appreciated by Civil War buffs of any level.He covers both the military and civilian angles.

5-0 out of 5 stars And Now for the Details...
I have been a Civil War buff all my life and thought I knew a fair amount of detail on all of the major engagements of the war.However, until I read "Sherman's March", I really didn't know anything about his post-Atlanta campaign except that he marched to Savannah.Presumably his soldiers fought battles along the way and presumably they did something after capturing Savannah but I guess my curiosity never led me to find out more.It was in the Atlanta campaign that my great great grandfather was captured so I thought I should find out what happened after that.

What the author, Burke Davis, chronicles is what exactly DID happen after the fall of Atlanta.He has put together a fascinating account of the March to the Sea (and beyond) by compiling first-hand accounts of the events of the campaign.Sherman's men found little oppostition after Atlanta but their march had a devestating effect on the South.The brutal, unforgiving thievery that his foragers and "bummers" committed led to a great loss of resources and morale for the Southern folks.What few battles there were did not register on the richter scale of war but the destruction wrought by his troops was of tsunami proportion.There is much about the various communities put to the torch (beginning with Atlanta) and focussing on Columbia, SC.There is also much to suggest that Sherman was guilty of oversight by not maintaining tight control over his troops.His attitude was that the South needed to learn the consequences of their wrongly conceived rebellion.The sooner their morale was broken, the sooner the war would end and the fewer number of soldiers would become casualties (on both sides).While the reader may find truth in Sherman's attitude, it is hard not to become enraged at the extent of the mayhem.

Davis also presents a fair amount of information of the slaves that were freed along the way and the attitude of the different Union Generals towards their emacipation.In the 21st Century it is pretty commonly felt that the Civil War was about slavery.However, a significant percentage of the Union's fighting men felt the issue of the South's secession from the Union was the cause they were fighting for, Sherman included.Nonetheless, they used the freed slaves whenever it was to their advantage and abandoned them when it wasn't.

Sherman's concept of a large army invading deep into enemy territory with no lifeline of support was a challenging concept at the time and its' success influenced military strategy thereafter.Although Davis documents that the soldiers were able to take far more than they needed, it was still an impressive campaign.There were plenty of things the men did without for roughly six months; clothing, pay, letters from home, and many other things that the Army of the Potomac took for granted.

After Savannah, their march through the Carolinas spelled the defeat of the South and Davis does a good job of detailing Sherman's significant involvement in the war's end.There was controversy surrounding that and Sherman found himself at odds with the Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton.Davis concludes by giving us a brief synopsis of the rest of Sherman's life after the war.

During the first chapter I was apprehensive about Davis's style of writing but the rest of the book made me appreciate his approach to the subject.His frequent use of primary sources was helpful yet not overdone.His writing gave way to some editorial comments but, overall, I thought the book was pretty well balanced.I gave it 5 stars because, after the first chapter, I couldn't put it down and because I learned so much about an aspect of the Civil War that no one else seems to make much mention of. ... Read more


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