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1. General Sherman's official account
2. Memoirs of General William T.
3. The Sherman letters; correspondence
5. The Sherman Letters: Correspondence
6. Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American
7. War and Ruin: William T. Sherman
8. Memoirs of General William T.
9. Sherman's March: The First Full-Length
10. Sherman: Merchant of Terror, Advocate
11. The White Tecumseh: A Biography
12. Who burnt Columbia?: official
13. Travel Accounts of General William
14. Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman
15. William Tecumseh Sherman: The
16. William Tecumseh Sherman: Union
17. Victory In Destruction: The Story
18. Memoirs of Gen. William T. ShermanVolume
19. William Tecumseh Sherman (Leaders
20. Sherman's Civil War: Selected

1. 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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2. Memoirs of General William T. Sherman Volume 1
by William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891 Sherman
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3. The Sherman letters; correspondence between General and Senator
by Sherman. William T. (William Tecumseh). 1820-1891.
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4. MEMOIRS OF GEN. W. T. SHERMAN, WRITTEN BY HIMSELF: With an Appendix, Bringing His Life Down to Its Closing Scenes, Also a Personal Tribute and Critique of the Memoirs Two volumes in one book. [Including publisher's announcement leaflet insert, the printing of Hall's copper portrait engraving of Sherman, Size 19 x 24]
by William Tecumseh [February 8, 1820 - February 14, 1891] and Hon. James G. Blaine, Sherman
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5. 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

6. Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American
by B. H. Liddell Hart
Paperback: 474 Pages (1993-03-22)
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Liddell Hart considered General Sherman the dominant military genius of the American Civil War. To prove this point, he traced all of Sherman's military campaigns - from the first Bull Run debacle to general Joseph Johnston's surrender in 1865. "Sherman" is not only a military history - it is a biography and a work of strategic theory. In it, Sherman emerges lifelike and dramatic, and the philosophical and military foundations of his thoughts and deeds are deftly elucidated. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellence
Excellent look at the other Civil War General.Especially like the use of Sherman's own letters.

5-0 out of 5 stars The psychology of leadership
This biography of Sherman is a study of the man Liddell Hart believes to be the great strategic thinker of the American Civil War. It is more a study of his psychology, much of it derived from original sources such as telegraphic messages, than an account of battles. Sherman was a complex man with a background in banking and commerce that served him well in planning his campaigns in the Confederacy. At the outbreak of hostilities, he was headmaster of a military academy in Louisiana and the local people tried to induce him to stay in spite of his open Union sympathies. He was offered a positon as Assistant Secretary of War but declined to seek a military command. His contempt for politicians was later expressed in his famous refusal to accept a nomination for the Presidency. He was the most intellectual general of the war and Liddell Hart is very interested in his thinking. This is a valuable book for those interested in leadership.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Study of Sherman by Military Expert Hart
This is a classic written by Liddell Hart in highly readable compact detail. Hart, an English veteran of WWI, was a 20th century military expert who had a great appreciation for Sherman's strategic ability and understanding of an enemy morale. In contrast to what Hart calls a game of "shuttle cock" in the east, Sherman's strategic maneuvers and splitting of command out frequently force Johnson to give up ground while shedding very little blood. Hart notes that he does not spend too much analytical detail on where every "man stood" in reference to regimental history but Hart provides the reader the necessary detail to appreciate the battles and over all campaign. Hart's appreciation of Sherman's ability to take the war to the Deep South, live off the land and take a great risk of literally disappearing from his line of communications is well detailed here as Sherman's penetration through three states eventually undermines Lee's great efforts in Virginia. Hart, the veteran of the stalemate battle of trenches that featured great loss appreciates Sherman's successful plan of warfare. Of course, there are many historians who believe that General Joe Johnston's propensity to retreat may have made him a weak opponent but Johnston did keep a strong army in the field until Hood decimated the Army of Tennessee.This is a great book written by a man who not only lived through "The Great War" but was highly capable of writing about a war that was very similar in the eastern theater by late 1864.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Work
When I first began to read this book I was concerned that it might be outdated. However, I found much of the subject matter to be quite timely. Of particular interest was the impact that Sherman's successful (albeit violent) trek through Georgia had on the 1864 elections. I never realized how close the Copperhead (Peace) Democrats came to winning that election and perhaps bringing the Civil War to a far differnet conclusion . Hart bring Sherman to life. He also vividly illustrates the behind the scene politics that almost prevented Sherman (not to mention Grant) from their historic roles in the Civil War. Don't be put off by the subject matter or the age of the book. It's worth the read.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Strategist of the Civil War
Sherman was both the most original genius of the Civil War, and "the typical American". His career provides lessons to the modern world and to modern warfare. It was his conscious exploitation of the economic and psychological factors of war in his "March through Georgia" which helped to end the Civil War. The long and expensive battles in Northern Virginia were replayed on the battlefields of France in the Great War.

The Union attempted to take Richmond by the shortest and most direct route; but this way was blocked with natural obstacles. If the Confederates fell back they would be closer to their reserves, supplies, and reinforcements. These facts favored the entrenched defenders.

The western campaign ended in the capture of Vicksburg and control of the Mississippi from St. Louis to New Orleans. Liddell Hart contrasts the maneuvers here to the stalemate back east. But the conditions, or politics, did not allow a wide flanking invasion through West Virginia or North Carolina. The threat to Richmond kept Confederate troops there. Longstreet proposed an invasion of Kentucky, a far flanking attack, but was turned down by Lee.

It explains how Sherman out-maneuvered Johnston fromChattanooga to Atlanta. By threatening to outflank Johnston, the Confederates fell back. His replacement by Hood did not prevent the capture of Atlanta. This revived the hope of victory for the North, and helped to re-elect Lincoln.

Sherman then abandoned his supply and communication lines (vulnerable to attack) and marched on to Savannah and the ocean. His army lived off the land. This enabled his army to be resupplied by the Navy. He then marched north, seeming to attack other cities, but passed between and continued to destroy railroads and bridges.

The end came soon after this, as other armies invaded the South. Sherman designed an armistice and amnesty where the Confederates would be disbanded, and their arms turned over to the states. The latter would allow repression of bandits and guerillas. He was criticized for this.

Sherman was a man of modest habits. When admirers raised [money]to buy him a house, he refused to accept unless he received bonds that would pay the taxes! He lived within his means. The resisting power of a state depends more on the strength of popular will than on the strength of its armies, and this depends on economic and social security (p.429).

Liddell Hart gave preference to contemporaneous correspondence rather than Official Reports (which are written for history to justify a policy). Some of the ideas in this 72-year old book may not coincide with more recent history. ... Read more

7. 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

8. 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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9. 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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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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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

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

10. Sherman: Merchant of Terror, Advocate of Peace
by Charles Vetter Ph.D.
Hardcover: 352 Pages (1992-01-31)
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William Tecumseh Sherman's Civil War battles, from Bull Run to Savannah, changed the course of military history and reshaped American military strategy. While much has been written on the life and tactics of Sherman and his war machine, little has come to light on his own philosophy of war--until now. Photographs. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Sorry, no way five stars
This book was well worth the $5.95 plus S&H that I paid for it through Amazon. But if this is the best book a previous reviewer ever read, his or her choices have been few. The book is mostly a collection of quotations attributed to Sherman et als. It does, however, make some good points, such as on page 235 where he says that, "As of November 1864, the Civil War ceased being a war of reconciliation and became officially a war of conquest." He is also right on in relation to what was perhaps the Union's main reason for not bringing the war to conclusion sooner; i.e., not wanting to make reconstruction more difficult.
But five stars, no way. A three star rating is generous.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Civil War books.
This was arguably the greatest book that I have ever read on any topic.Not only was it a great account of General Willie T.'s life, but it also gave great insight into the real meaning of life.If anyone is looking foran answer to anything, then this is the book for you. ... Read more

11. 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.

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

12. 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

13. 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
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14. Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman (Library of America)
by William Tecumseh Sherman
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Hailed as a prophet of modern war and condemned as a harbinger of modern barbarism, Sherman is the most controversial general of the Civil War. "War is cruelty, 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 and a fascinating, eerie account of the famous march through the Carolinas. ... 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

15. William Tecumseh Sherman: The Fight to Preserve the Union (The Library of American Lives and Times)
by Lynn Hoogenboom
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16. William Tecumseh Sherman: Union General (Historical American Biographies)
by Zachary Kent
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Examines the life and career of the Union Civil War General, most remembered for his march through Atlanta that helped the North achieve victory. ... Read more

17. Victory In Destruction: The Story Of William Tecumseh Sherman (Civil War Generals)
by Nancy Whitelaw
Library Binding: 176 Pages (2005-01-30)
list price: US$27.95
Isbn: 1931798311
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A brief, objective biography of one of America's most controversial military leaders. ... Read more

18. Memoirs of Gen. William T. ShermanVolume 2
by William T. (William Tecumseh) Sherman
Kindle Edition: Pages (2004-06-01)
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Asin: B000JQU85M
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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

19. William Tecumseh Sherman (Leaders of the Civil War Era)
by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack
Library Binding: 149 Pages (2009-05-30)
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20. 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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Asin: 0807824402
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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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

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