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Hailed as prophet of recent struggle and condemned as a harbinger of smooth barbarism, William Tecumseh Sherman is the most arguable normal of the yankee 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 strength and intelligence that marked his campaigns, Sherman describes striking incidents and anecdotes and collects dozens of his incisive and usually outspoken wartime orders and stories. This complex self-portrait of an leading edge and incessant 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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