By William Tecumseh Sherman
Hailed as prophet of contemporary conflict and condemned as a harbinger of contemporary barbarism, William Tecumseh Sherman is the main arguable common of the yank Civil struggle.
"War is cruelty, and also you can't refine it," he wrote in fury to the accomplice 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 extraordinary incidents and anecdotes and collects dozens of his incisive and sometimes outspoken wartime orders and studies.
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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