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

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Hailed as a prophet of modern war and condemned as a harbinger of modern barbarism, William Tecumseh Sherman is the most controversial general of the American Civil War. “War is cruelty,” he once wrote in fury to the Confederate mayor of Atlanta, "and you cannot refine it." Written with the propulsive energy and intelligence that marked his campaigns, Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman describes striking incidents and anecdotes and collects dozens of his incisive and often outspoken wartime orders and reports. This complex self-portrait of an innovative and relentless American warrior provides vivid, firsthand accounts of the war’s crucial events—Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, the Atlanta campaign, the marches through Georgia and the Carolinas. About this volume and The Library of America's companion edition of the Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, James M. McPherson has written: "Anyone who wishes to know how and why the North won the Civil War can do no better than to read these volumes.”


About William Tecumseh Sherman

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Royster was educated at the University of California. From 1977 until 1979, was a fellow of the Institute of Early American History and Culture. Since1981 he has taught at Louisiana State University. He has won the Bancroft Prize and the Lincoln Prize.
Published August 1, 2000 by Penguin Classic. 608 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Non-fiction

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