Memoirs Of General William T. Sherman

Memoirs Of General William T. Sherman

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Memoirs Of General William T Sherman William Tecumseh Sherman has been called the first modern general According to military historian B H Liddell Hart he understood before his contemporaries that wars and battles would be won by the mo
  • Title: Memoirs Of General William T. Sherman
  • Author: William T. Sherman
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  • Page: 297
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  • William Tecumseh Sherman has been called the first modern general According to military historian B H Liddell Hart, he understood before his contemporaries that wars and battles would be won by the movement of troops than by fighting Also modern is his unsentimental view of combat, epitomized by his famous remark that War is hell And he was an able enough hisWilliam Tecumseh Sherman has been called the first modern general According to military historian B H Liddell Hart, he understood before his contemporaries that wars and battles would be won by the movement of troops than by fighting Also modern is his unsentimental view of combat, epitomized by his famous remark that War is hell And he was an able enough historian to realize that the Civil War and indeed all future wars would be unlike anything the world had ever seen a bitter national struggle between free people that would involve a campaign of terror against combatant and non combatant alike.His Memoirs, which rank with Grant s as the greatest of the Civil War, concern for the most part the strategy and fighting at Bull Run, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and of course the march through Georgia which earned Sherman his reputation for ruthlessness It is a story packed with incident as well as swift sketches of his opponents, subordinates, and superiors, and it is endlessly instructive about the lessons of the war Most of all, it is a compelling narrative about a national tragedy.
    MEMOIRS OF GENERAL SHERMAN, Complete Aug , MEMOIRS OF GENERAL SHERMAN, Complete The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Memoirs of General W T Sherman, Complete, by William T Sherman This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever You may copy it, give it away or re use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this Memoirs of General William T Sherman William T Sherman Sep , First published in , General William T Sherman s memoir was one of the first from the Civil War and was offered to the public because, as Sherman wrote in his dedication, no satisfactory history of the war was yet available. The Memoirs of General Ulysses S Grant, Part May , Grant s memoirs were described by Mark Twain as the best memoirs ever written, better than Julius Caesar s the old roman about the time of Christ They were written as speed as Grant sat on his porch with a scarf around his throat because he was dying of cancer and he had lost all his money and needed to do something to provide for an income for his wife. Memoirs of General William T Sherman edition May , Memoirs of General William T Sherman This edition published in by D Appleton William Tecumseh Sherman Memoirs of General W T Sherman William Tecumseh Sherman Memoirs of General W T Sherman Edited by Charles Royster General Sherman s Memoirs are valuable precisely because they strip away the ardor by which the man was judged a saint or a Satan, and restore him as a soldier who knew that, however painful, the shortest course through war is always the best. The Katipunan and the Revolution Memoirs of a General by First published during the s in Sampaguita, a Tagalog weekly, the memoirs are reproduced in this volume together with the English translation by Paula Carolina Malay.
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        William Tecumseh Sherman was an American soldier, businessman, educator, and author He served as a General in the Union Army during the American Civil War 1861 65 , for which he received recognition for his outstanding command of military strategy as well as criticism for the harshness of the scorched earth policies that he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States Military historian Basil Liddell Hart famously declared that Sherman was the first modern general.Sherman served under General Ulysses S Grant in 1862 and 1863 during the campaigns that led to the fall of the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg on the Mississippi River and culminated with the routing of the Confederate armies in the state of Tennessee In 1864, Sherman succeeded Grant as the Union commander in the western theater of the war He proceeded to lead his troops to the capture of the city of Atlanta, a military success that contributed to the re election of President Abraham Lincoln Sherman s subsequent march through Georgia and the Carolinas further undermined the Confederacy s ability to continue fighting He accepted the surrender of all the Confederate armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida in April 1865.When Grant became president, Sherman succeeded him as Commanding General of the Army 1869 83 As such, he was responsible for the conduct of the Indian Wars in the western United States He steadfastly refused to be drawn into politics and in 1875 published his Memoirs, one of the best known firsthand accounts of the Civil War.

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    1. fulfillment of third party offering, 2009 09 04 Surely one of the most fascinating and, pound for pound, realbadassmuthafuckas America s ever produced If someone had to burn my hometown, I m glad it was this guy What would have been truly epic, in the Achilles Ajax and Hector vein, would have been Sherman mixing it up with Bad Bedford Forrest, Duke of New York and most definitely H.N.I.C A month later, Forrest was back in action at the Battle of Shiloh April 6 to April 7, 1862 He commanded a Con [...]


    2. Many of my friends saw that I was reading this book and automatically replied with Ugh I pity you granted, we are all Southerners First off, I found Sherman s text fascinating He was an excellent writer and brought me into the scenes in which he lived.Secondly, this was super clean I think of military as a cussing hole, but I came across next to no curse words a few uses of God s name in vain when he was quoting others.Thirdly, Sherman copied many letters and telegrams, so the opinion I formed o [...]


    3. Sherman s as well as Grant s memoirs are two classic pieces of American 19th century non fiction I d always heard tales of Sherman the beast but Sherman the man comes through in these pages The man had a fascinating career Starting as 2nd Lt in Florida in the Seminole Wars, to occupying California during and after the Mexican War In that capacity, Sherman assays the first gold brought out of Sutter s Mill and performs the initial survey of the gold fields He later tries banking in San Francisco [...]


    4. It s important to admit bias up front, and I will tell you that I went into this with a strong sense of near adulation Sherman has long been my greatest hero among American generals I have surely been getting a very different sense of perspective at the same time, because Shelby Foote s trilogy is in the master bathroom, opposite the toilet where it belongs, because it s a huge volume and it fits neatly on the flat hamper there, and because my spouse and I can only read so much of that man Foote [...]


    5. Extaordinary book Ok, this book approaches 1,000 pages in length yet read faster than most books I ve read The letters in the book are awesome folks could just write well back in the 1800s Unlike this review Although long, the writing is concise, informative, interesting and compelling I literaly could not put it down and awoke several nights and read till dawn I loved this book and recommend it to most anyone, not just civil war buffs In fact his tales of California in the 1840s is fascinating [...]


    6. Inside the mind of one of the greatest military thinkers in history If nothing else, read the section portraying the letters between Sherman and General Hood Sherman s arguments in favor of the Federal point of view are brilliant.


    7. William Tecumseh Sherman, notably described by one biographer as being like Attila the Hun, but less cuddly, is one of the most fascinating and important characters in American history Reviled by Tea Partiers as a war criminal and remembered by everyone who didn t vote for George Wallace as the man who was to American slavery what Sir Arthur Harris was to the Holocaust, Sherman was in fact a complex and highly intelligent man whose memoirs are worth reading on several levels.Sherman s Memoirs, b [...]


    8. This is a terrific book Sherman was undoubtedly the greatest Union general of the Civil War, and also among the most earnest about the necessity of preserving the Union In fact, the greatest impression that I got from his memoirs was just how single minded he actually was about ensuring that the United States, as originally compacted, would endure Obviously, in his memoirs written long after the fact he would have taken care to present this impression, knowing well by then of its historical impo [...]


    9. I d been planning to read this 1,000 pager for a while Sherman has interested me for at least a decade, and I usually stop by his statue in D.C when I visit.Interesting notes middle name does come from the Indian leader who Sherman s father admired his graduating class at West Point was fewer than 50 men first posted to rounding up Indians in Florida, got quartermaster duty right away, indicating high level of trustworthiness Opined that Indians should have been left in FL almost killed as a chi [...]


    10. I always like the concept of an unreliable narrator in literature I don t read much non fiction, but I thought to hear the first person perspective of a general most southerners regard as a monster would offer the same feeling as fiction books where you cant quite trust every thing the narrator says This book does deliver on that Every passage where he explains what his men did to Georgia is regarded as nonchalant and necessary by Sherman, while history remembers this bit of the Civil War as som [...]


    11. Three aspects of the book interested me It s an eyewitness account of life, particuarly but not only, military life, in the United States in the period before the Civil War, by a fellow who had his eyes open The stuff on life early California and Florida alone is almost enough to justify reading the book It also details the slide toward war of the United States as personal experience Finally, it s a detailed account by the man who ran it of the project of deliberately destroying the economy of t [...]


    12. Not quite as well written at Grant s memoirs It is interesting to read this side by side with that book though to see the contrast between the two men Also, how their paths veered after the war.


    13. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY GENERAL SHERMAN HAHAHALet s start first with the best of General Sherman I prefer to maintain my allegiance to the Constitution as long as a fragment of it survives 1861 The section of thirty pounder Parrott rifles now drilling before my tent is a convincing argument than the largest Democratic meeting the State of New York can possibly assemble at Albany 1863 This I construe as the end of my military career In looking back upon the past I can only say, with millions of oth [...]


    14. I savored this reading experience, stretching the 1055 pages over a period of six months I will miss Sherman s presence in my life In the appendix there are several letters from friends and military comrades congratulating and thanking him for the memoirs, honored that they were able to live to read them 150 years later, I feel the same way I give the edge to Grant s memoir only for a slightly enjoyable reading experience However, this is 5 stars all the way, especially if you love hearing abou [...]


    15. If you are a civil war buff, this is must reading Of course Sherman was critical to the story of the Civil War He had quite an amazing life prior to the Civil War, being part of the Gold Rush in California and being on a couple of shipwrecks He also worked for a bank which showed how his mind worked and probably why he was so successful as a General This book does not match Grant s memoirs, but what book does


    16. Well constructed narrative of the most contentious era of US history.Sherman s strong sense of purpose along with his laser like attention to details permeates his memoirs Amazing amount of personal witness and involvement in a large swath of our history Would liked to hear final judgements on Grant, Johnson and Lincoln.Maps would make chapters and scenes understandable.Several misspellings and transposed dates.


    17. ExcellentI found these memoirs just as good to read as those by Ulysses Grant A great insight into the military campaigns of the civil war, along with the political machinations in Washington Recommended




    18. This is the longest book I have read in quite some time, and the 1100 pages don t exactly fly by Even though it is a fairly arduous read, the subject matter is very engrossing, 150 years after the Civil War Being a biography, it covers the his upbringing, early military assignments, the Civil War, and his time as the highest ranking officer in the Army after the war In addition to his thoughts, he includes letters and correspondence, and in various addenda, let s people who feel he has slightly [...]


    19. Sherman, William T FROM ATLANTA TO THE SEA This ed 1961 This was a publication of The Folio Society, but based on the original sources in Sherman s Memoirs What made this book particularly interesting was the introduction and annotations by B H Liddell Hart, the famous British historian and military strategist Although Hart has a mixed and sometimes murky reputation for bending facts to fit his theories, he was very influential during his time and went on to write several books on military stra [...]


    20. General Sherman s life was pretty damned extraordinary, even by the standards of a commanding Civil War general, and this memoir is generally excellent at narrating the first 2 3rds of his life The memoir pretty much ends with the immediate aftermath of the Civil War and his assumption of command of the U.S Army following the election of Ulysses S Grant as president I wish he d gone into detail about his role in the never ending wars against the Indians And make no mistake Sherman was generally [...]


    21. Four stars is likely generous but I did enjoy Sherman memoirs First, understand that all memoirs are generally bad, and always self serving Next, skip over all the portion of the autobiography until the start of the war about the first 25 per cent One reviewer was correct when he said Sherman s overly lengthy account of his time in California was unreadable.I read the free Kindle edition which had the usual plethora of typos and misspellings, but I could normally make out the intended word The c [...]


    22. He was definitely not as good a writer as he was a good general The narrative is dry and the parts covering the period of the war which is the major part of the book are sometimes a string of reprinted correspondents, military dispatches, and statistical military lists Every now and then there is a funny story or a great insight I liked the story of the union cavalry general Rousseau He was on a raid in the south to gather mules, when his regiment arrives in a ranch and his men s uniforms are co [...]


    23. Curiosity got the better of me and I was pleasantly surprised Sherman was a good writer Besides his account of his part in the Civil War, he tells of his early days as a young officer stationed in California during and after the Mexican War and tells about the discovery of gold that had such as impact on the development of the West Although I ve lived in California for years this is the first time I was given a good glimpse into what it was like in the old days his description of the countryside [...]


    24. I d been interested in William Tecumseh Sherman since high school history class and Pavement s R.E.M tribute, Unseen Power of the Picket Fence However, it was after I saw Ross McElwee s documentary, Sherman s March, that I decided I wanted to learn about him When I found out Sherman wrote his own memoir, I figured a great way to learn about the man was from the man himself It helped that his Memoirs were controversial and that he was, purportedly, a decent writer Sadly, though, after 74 pages, [...]


    25. While not an easy read, Sherman s Memoirs are a must for anyone interested in mid to late 1800s American history.While Sherman is infamous throughout the South due to the burning of several southern cities, his memoirs go well beyond his role as a Union general His memoirs recount many cornerstone events in America, including the California gold rush and the building of the trans continental railroads.His account of the Civil War gives incredible insight into the magnitude of the Union campaign [...]


    26. I came back to this book after giving up trying to read it a few years ago I found the chapters about Sherman s time in California during after the Mexican War to be unreadable This time I skipped ahead to when he was the superintendent for a college in Louisiana in 1859 60 and read the rest of the book One of the most interesting things about this book is that Sherman included copies of a lot of the Civil War correspondence between Sherman, Grant, Halleck, Lincoln, Stanton, some of Sherman s su [...]


    27. General William T Sherman is known for his simple statement, War is hell It is an accurate statement.I have been intrigued for some time by this man with this callous reputation, who is also known for the burning of Atlanta and the march to the sea My intrigue grew recently, when I heard someone from the south state bitterly how awful Sherman was I was taken aback, I must admit That was a long time ago You need to get over this.So, I decided to hear from the man himself and read his memoirs to a [...]


    28. I begin this book as an attempt to stir up my wife, whom is related to Jerfferson Davis, a true GRITS a girl raised in the south I am a western boy and sometimes full of tenacity, and sprite I tell you this because I was reading the book for material to share with my wife when she got to Southern Sherman had such a great presence that no one had a neutral opinion on him Some hate him Others loved him So who was this man and was he as angelic or diabolic as people portrayed him to be I have seen [...]


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