By William Tecumseh Sherman
Hailed as prophet of recent struggle and condemned as a harbinger of recent barbarism, William Tecumseh Sherman is the main arguable normal of the yank Civil battle.
"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 notable incidents and anecdotes and collects dozens of his incisive and infrequently outspoken wartime orders and studies.
This complicated self-portrait of an cutting edge and incessant American warrior presents firsthand bills of the war's an important events--Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, the Atlanta crusade, the marches via Georgia and the Carolinas.
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