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The first major modern edition of General William T. Sherman's wartime correspondence, this volume features more than 400 letters, both personal and official, written between the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and the day Sherman bade farewell to his troops in 1865. Together, they trace Sherman's rise from obscurity to become one of the Union's most famous and effective warriors. Arranged chronologically and grouped into chapters that correspond to significant phases in Sherman's life, these letters - many ...
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Overview

The first major modern edition of General William T. Sherman's wartime correspondence, this volume features more than 400 letters, both personal and official, written between the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and the day Sherman bade farewell to his troops in 1865. Together, they trace Sherman's rise from obscurity to become one of the Union's most famous and effective warriors. Arranged chronologically and grouped into chapters that correspond to significant phases in Sherman's life, these letters - many of which have never before been published - reveal the general's thoughts on politics, military operations, slavery and emancipation, the South, and daily life in the Union army, as well as his reactions to such important figures as General Ulysses S. Grant and President Lincoln. Each chapter begins with a brief overview of events and includes annotations that help clarify references in the letters themselves.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Not only essential for all serious Civil War scholars, but also a delight for the general reader.

Kirkus Reviews

[A] superb collection.

New York Review of Books

[A]n outstanding and lasting contribution to historical literature and research for which editors and the publisher deserve the highest praise.

Journal of Military History

The editors have selected the letters carefully, and their chapter introductions and notes enhance but do not distract.

Virginia Historical Review

The reader gains a sense of being present as events unfold.

Civil War Regiments

Library Journal
Sherman once remarked that his letters were "sought after like hot cakes." With this superb edition of more than 400 letters drawn from the general's vast personal and official correspondence, it is easy to see why. Sherman wrote much and wisely about war though too often hastily and even angrily about politics and society. The letters read like an epistolary novel, showing Sherman as a loving husband and ambitious military man who found his calling in war. Sherman's devotion to the Union echoes throughout, as does his racism and impatience with posturing politicians, bungling officers, intractable civilians, and anyone else he could not control. The letters show how the famous Grant-Sherman friendship formed, how Lincoln rose in esteem among military men, and how military policy shaped emancipation and Reconstruction. Sherman's prejudices and arrogance will infuriate, just as his insights on war will inform. This well-edited collection is a triumph, sweeping all other editions of Sherman's and other generals' letters before it. Highly recommended. --Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
Kirkus Reviews
General William Tecumseh Sherman, perhaps the Union Army's fiercest and most complicated soldier, wages war in these letters against the Confederacy, the press—and himself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807824405
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/10/1999
  • Series: Civil War America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 976
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brooks D. Simpson is professor of history and humanities at Arizona State University. He is author of Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity and coeditor of Sherman's Civil War.

Jean V. Berlin is editor of A Confederate Nurse: The Diary of Ada W. Bacot, 1860-1863. She has also served on the editorial staffs of The Papers of George Washington and The Papers of William Thornton.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
Editorial Method
Symbols and Abbreviations
Chapter 1. November 3, 1860-February 25, 1861
Chapter 2. March 9, 1861-July 14, 1861
Chapter 3. July 15, 1861-December 12, 1861
Chapter 4. December 18, 1861-May 26, 1862
Chapter 5. May 31, 1862-August 25, 1862
Chapter 6. August 26, 1862-January 25, 1863
Chapter 7. January 25, 1863-March 16, 1863
Chapter 8. April 3, 1863-July 4, 1863
Chapter 9. July 5, 1863-December 30, 1863
Chapter 10. January 6, 1864-May 4, 1864
Chapter 11. May 20, 1864-September 4, 1864
Chapter 12. September 7, 1864-November 12, 1864
Chapter 13. December 13, 1864-February 24, 1865
Chapter 14. March 12, 1865-April 9, 1865
Chapter 15. April 12, 1865-May 30, 1865
Chronological List of Letters
List of Letters by Recipient
Index

Maps

Washington, D.C., and Northeastern Virginia
Central Kentucky
Western Tennessee
Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas
Chattanooga to Atlanta
Savannah to Durham Station

Illustrations

William Tecumseh Sherman and Thomas Ewing Sherman
Ellen Ewing Sherman and Thomas Ewing Sherman
William Tecumseh Sherman Jr., "Willy"
Thomas Ewing Sr.
The four Sherman girls: Lizzie, Rachel, Elly, and Minnie
John Sherman
The four Ewing brothers: Hugh, Philemon, Thomas, and Charles
James B. McPherson
Ulysses S. Grant
Henry W. Halleck
William T. Sherman, commanding the Military Division of the Mississippi, and his generals
Major General William T. Sherman at Atlanta

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2004

    Great Insight

    This book is a tremendous help in understanding Sherman and his times. I am constantly amazed when I read any letters from the past like this: how people took time to extend courtesies and to write about thoughts and events in a thoughtful manner. It really puts our generation to shame. I especially liked Sherman's early and accurate assessment of how difficult it would be to beat the South and also his insights into U.S. Grant.

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