By John S. D. Eisenhower
From revered historian John S. D. Eisenhower comes a shocking portrait of William Tecumseh Sherman, the Civil struggle normal whose course of destruction reduce the Confederacy in , broke the desire of the Southern inhabitants, and earned him a spot in heritage as “the first glossy general.” but at the back of his recognition as a fierce warrior used to be a sympathetic guy of advanced character.
A century and a part after the Civil battle, Sherman continues to be one among its so much debatable figures—the soldier who introduced the struggle not just to the accomplice military, yet to accomplice civilians besides. but Eisenhower, a West aspect graduate and a retired brigadier normal (Army Reserves), unearths in Sherman a guy of startling contrasts, on no account outlined by way of the results of “total war.” His scruffy, raveled visual appeal belied an unconventional and unyielding mind. Intensely unswerving to stronger officials, specifically Ulysses S. provide, he used to be additionally a stalwart individualist. convinced sufficient to make calls for face-to-face with President Lincoln, he sympathetically listened to the issues of newly freed slaves on his famed march from Atlanta to Savannah. Dubbed “no soldier” in the course of his years at West aspect, Sherman later rose to the rank of common of the military, and although deeply devoted to the Union reason, he held the folk of the South in nice affection.
In this impressive reassessment of Sherman’s lifestyles and occupation, Eisenhower takes readers from Sherman’s Ohio origins and his fledgling first stint within the military, to his years as a businessman in California and his moved quickly go back to uniform on the outbreak of the warfare. From Bull Run via Sherman’s epic March to the ocean, Eisenhower deals up a desirable narrative of an army genius whose impact helped look after the Union—and ceaselessly replaced struggle.
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American General: The Life and Times of William Tecumseh Sherman by John S. D. Eisenhower