William Tecumseh Sherman: Memoirs of W. T. Sherman (Library of America)

By William Tecumseh Sherman

Hailed as prophet of recent conflict and condemned as a harbinger of contemporary barbarism, William Tecumseh Sherman is the main debatable normal of the yank Civil warfare.

"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 power and intelligence that marked his campaigns, Sherman describes impressive incidents and anecdotes and collects dozens of his incisive and infrequently outspoken wartime orders and reviews.

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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