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The scourge of war : the life of William Tecumseh Sherman / Brian Holden Reid.

Reid, Brian Holden, (author.).
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Culver-Union Twp PL - Culver 355.0092 REID (Text) 34304000979292 Adult - Nonfiction Checked out 08/25/2020
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  • ISBN: 9780195392739
  • ISBN: 0195392736
  • Physical Description: xi, 621 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]

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Includes bibliographical references (pages [509]-596) and index.
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Formative years, 1822-1861. Origin and evolution of the Sherman family to 1840 ; Leaping the mark : soldier or civilian? 1840-1852 ; Unfortunate civilian, 1853-1861 -- Working his way, March 1861-March 1864. Brigade commander, March-August 1861 ; Departmental commander - and disaster, August-December 1861 ; Divisional commander, January-July 1862 ; Corps commander, July-December 1862 ; From corps command to army command, January-December 1863 ; Army command, October 1863-March 1864 -- Command of the military division of the Mississippi. First contact, March-May 1864 ; Over the Chattahoochee, May-July 1864 ; Slogging on to Atlanta, July-September 1864 ; Marching on to Savannah, September-December 1864 ; Marching to victory, December 1864-April 1865 -- Things will never be the same again : the reckoning. The transition to peacetime soldiering, 1865-1869 ; Commanding general of the army, 1869-1884 ; Retirement of a kind, 1884-1891 -- Conclusion : weighed in the balance and not found wanting.
Summary, etc.:
William Tecumseh Sherman, a West Point graduate and veteran of the Seminole War, became one of the best-known generals in the Civil War. His March to the Sea, which resulted in a devastated swath of the South from Atlanta to Savannah, cemented his place in history as the pioneer of total war. In the Scourge of War, preeminent military historian Brian Holden Reid offers a deeply researched life and times account of Sherman. By examining his childhood and education, his business ventures in California, his antebellum leadership of a military college in Louisiana, and numerous career false starts, Holden Reid shows how unlikely his exceptional civil War career would seem. He also demonstrates how crucial his family was to his professional path, particularly his wife's intervention during the war. He analyzes Sherman's development as a battlefield commander and especially his crucial friendships with Henry W. Halleck and Ulysses S. Grant. In doing so, he details how Sherman overcame both his weaknesses as a leader and severe depression to mature as a military strategist. Central chapters narrate closely Sherman's battlefield career and the gradual lifting of his pessimism that the Union would be defeated. After the war, Sherman became a popular figure in the North and the founder of the school for officers at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, known as the "intellectual center of the army." Holden Reid argues that Sherman was not hostile to the South throughout his life and only in later years gained a reputation as a villain who practiced barbaric destruction, particularly as the neo-Confederate Lost Cause grew and he published one of the first personal accounts of the war. A definitive biography of a preeminent military figure by a renowned military historian, The Scourge of War is a masterful account of Sherman's life that fully recognizes his intellect, strategy, and actions during the Civil War.
Subject: Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891 > Biography.
United States > Army > Biography.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Biography.
Generals > United States > Biography.

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