Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman

by William T. Sherman

Hardcover, 1990




New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the U.S. and Canada by Viking Press, c1990.


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.

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LibraryThing member LeahsChoice
General Sherman tells a good story, and in this book he certainly lives up to his reputation for talking a lot. Now and then he gets bogged down in details, but most of what he has to say is interesting, and quite descriptive.
LibraryThing member buffalogr
The period of the book includes only the siege on Atlanta and the "march to the sea" of the first American examples of total war taken to the enemy's people. The book is composed, largely, of correspondence between Sherman and other generals. Although he adds some personal opinions, it's
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largely about movements of the Army...boring to me. I plodded through the book expecting some good things later. As a career airman, I began to see the beginnings of a separate air force as well as the subsequent strategies of some air pioneers.
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LibraryThing member gmicksmith
Averysboro, N.C. and the conflict there is described by Sherman. He nonchalantly recites that 108 are buried on the first day and "a serious loss" the next day of 12 officers and 65 men killed (pp. 783-784). Sherman personally visited the temporary hospital (which I drove by when visiting) and
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details two stories with his men while at the scene.
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LibraryThing member margaretfield
very well written autobiography but also drags a lot




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