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By William Tecumseh Sherman

Hailed as prophet of contemporary battle and condemned as a harbinger of contemporary barbarism, William Tecumseh Sherman is the main arguable basic of the yankee Civil warfare.

"War is cruelty, and also you can't refine it," he wrote in fury to the accomplice mayor of Atlanta, and his memoir is full of dozens of such wartime exchanges. With the propulsive strength and intelligence that marked his campaigns, Sherman describes outstanding incidents and anecdotes and collects dozens of his incisive and infrequently outspoken wartime orders and experiences.

This advanced self-portrait of an leading edge and incessant American warrior presents firsthand debts 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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