Sherman

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"Rising steadily through the ranks during the Civil War, General William Tecumseh Sherman quickly became Ulysses S. Grant's right-hand man. He went on to lead the Union capture of Atlanta, a major victory that contributed to Lincoln's reelection during a tough phase of the war. Legend has him burning a sixty-mile-wide swath of desolation across the South, but while he held the harsh view that the Southern people must feel the pain of the war if it was ever to end, he also showed courtesy and restraint to those Southerners he encountered and
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"Rising steadily through the ranks during the Civil War, General William Tecumseh Sherman quickly became Ulysses S. Grant's right-hand man. He went on to lead the Union capture of Atlanta, a major victory that contributed to Lincoln's reelection during a tough phase of the war. Legend has him burning a sixty-mile-wide swath of desolation across the South, but while he held the harsh view that the Southern people must feel the pain of the war if it was ever to end, he also showed courtesy and restraint to those Southerners he encountered and strictly limited the destruction to strategic targets. An integral component in the North's success, Sherman was directed and single-minded in his pursuit of Union victory and a re-united country." Acclaimed Civil War historian Steven E. Woodworth delivers a nuanced, insightful portrait of General Sherman as a man who shied away from the spotlight and only wanted the war to end as quickly as possible. It was this level-headed, singleness of purpose that gave him his greatness - his ability to remain cool in the din of battle and thoughtfully consider strategic next moves. He is remembered for this as one of the greatest generals in United States history.
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"A fast-paced look at the military career of Grant’s most trusted, effective subordinate, the latest from the publisher’s handy Great Generals Series." — Kirkus Reviews

"An excellent brief life of a major and controversial figure.” —Booklist

"With the clarity and lucidity of style that has become his hallmark, Steven Woodworth has given us a splendid brief biography of William T. Sherman. Concise without sacrificing important details, this book analyzes the qualities of personality and leadership that made Sherman a great general and an essential partner with Ulysses S. Grant to win the Civil War." — James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom and Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

"Military historian Steven E. Woodworth has cracked the code of one of the Civil War's best-known, complex, and most controversial commanders — William Tecumseh Sherman. A larger-than-life figure of decided opinions, prejudices and passions, Sherman was also a sharp strategic thinker with the character and wherewithal to put his thoughts into action. That he changed the course of the Civil War there is no doubt, neither is there any question that Woodworth has fully captured the man with concision, precision, and style." — Noah Andre Trudeau, author of Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea and Gettsyburg: A Testing of Courage

"It has long been evident that Steve Woodworth has a mastery of Civil War history that allows him to write on any aspect of it with vast knowledge, understanding, perception, accuracy, and dramatic flair. He has brought all of that skill into play again in this gem of a military biography. To read it is to cut through the myth and see the real William T. Sherman." — John C. Waugh, author of The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomattox—Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433246890
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Series: Great Generals Ser.
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 6
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven E. Woodworth is a professor of history at Texas Christian University, and an acknowledged expert on the Civil War. He has written a number of well-received books on the topic, including Nothing But Victory. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

General Wesley K. Clark was NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is author of A Time to Lead, as well as the best selling books Waging Modern War and Winning Modern Wars.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Wesley K. Clark Clark, Wesley K.

Introduction 1

Ch. 1 The Education of a Soldier, 1820-1845 5

Ch. 2 "A Dead Cock in the Pit," 1846-1861 15

Ch. 3 Failure, 1861-1862 29

Ch. 4 From Paducah to Chickasaw Bayou, 1862 47

Ch. 5 Vicksburg, 1863 67

Ch. 6 From Memphis to Meridian, 1863-1864 87

Ch. 7 From Chattanooga to the Chattahoochee, 1864 105

Ch. 8 From Peachtree Creek to Atlanta, 1864 123

Ch. 9 From Atlanta to Durham Station, 1864-1865 141

Ch. 10 From Durham Station to St. Louis, 1865-1891 165

Notes 179

Index 193

Photo section appears between pages 104 and 105

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