Hailed as prophet of contemporary conflict and condemned as a harbinger of sleek barbarism, William Tecumseh Sherman is the most arguable common of the yank 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 experiences. This complex self-portrait of an cutting edge and constant American warrior presents firsthand money owed of the war’s the most important events—Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, the Atlanta crusade, the marches via Georgia and the Carolinas.
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