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Sherman: A Soldier's Passion for Order is the definitive biography of William Tecumseh Sherman, the Civil War commander known for his "destructive war" policy against Confederates and as a consummate soldier. With a new preface by the author, this award-winning book presents the general as a complicated man who, fearing anarchy, searched for the order that he hoped would make his life a success. This fascinating biography, which includes forty-six illustrations, effectively refutes misconceptions surrounding the ...
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Sherman: A Soldier's Passion for Order is the definitive biography of William Tecumseh Sherman, the Civil War commander known for his "destructive war" policy against Confederates and as a consummate soldier. With a new preface by the author, this award-winning book presents the general as a complicated man who, fearing anarchy, searched for the order that he hoped would make his life a success. This fascinating biography, which includes forty-six illustrations, effectively refutes misconceptions surrounding the controversial Union general and presents Sherman the man, not the myth.

About the Author:
John F. Marszalek is W. L. Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Mississippi State University

General William Tecumseh Sherman has come down to us as the implacable destroyer of the Civil War, notorious for his burning of Atlanta and his brutal march to the sea. A probing biography that explains Sherman's style of warfare and the threads of self-possession and insecurity that made up his character. Photos.

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This provocative and ably written biography views Sherman's military career in light of his passion for social order and intellectual certainty. Jan.
Roland Green
Marszalek adds psychobiographical gloss to a basic narrative of the second-best-known Civil War Union general's life. This gloss argues that Sherman's passion for order (with which he identified the Union cause) arose from a troubled childhood (his bankrupt father died young, and he was raised by a foster father, one of whose daughters he married) and some failures in his civilian career. Otherwise Marszalek does not tell a new tale, although what he does tell he tells extremely well, thanks to thorough research and clear writing that make the book more accessible than usual to the nonspecialist Civil War student. Recommended to begin small Civil War collections or augment larger ones.
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“John Marszalek’s no-nonsense biography covers all the bases.”—Washington Post Book World

“A thoughtful and generally sympathetic biography of one of the Civil War’s most controversial commanders.”—USA Today

“In Sherman, John F. Marszalek has written the premier biography of the brilliant Civil War general. Based on exhaustive research, written smoothly, and argued intelligently, it easily surpasses any existing volume on William Tecumseh Sherman’s lengthy and controversial life.”—Journal of American History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780029201350
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Pages: 635
  • Product dimensions: 6.57 (w) x 9.81 (h) x 2.19 (d)

Meet the Author

John F. Marszalek is Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Mississippi State University.  His publications include several books on William T. Sherman, and biographies of Civil War general Henry W. Halleck, black West Point cadet Johnson C. Whittaker, black congressman George W. Murray, and the infamous Jacksonian, Peggy Eaton.  

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Prologue

1 Unstable Beginnings 1

2 Making Southern Friends 30

3 Gold Rush Soldier 52

4 Setting Down Roots 77

5 The Disorder of Financial Life 93

6 Contented Southern Schoolmaster 123

7 Reluctant Warrior Under Attack 140

8 Rebirth at Shiloh 171

9 Restoring Order to Memphis 188

10 Battling the Bayous to Reach the Vicksburg Fortress 202

11 Practicing Destructive War in Mississippi 232

12 Atlanta Falls 259

13 March to the Sea 288

14 Punishing South Carolina and Ensuring Victory 317

15 Fame Tarnished 334

16 National Hero and the South's Friend 360

17 Indian Country Chaos 377

18 The Anchor of Home 401

19 Commanding General versus the Politicians 422

20 Retiring from the Army and Refusing the Presidency 445

21 Safeguarding Historical Order 460

22 A Full Life Ends 479

Notes 501

Bibliography 587

Index 613

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