William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life

William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life

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General Sherman's 1864 burning of Atlanta solidified his legacy as a ruthless leader. Yet Sherman proved far more complex than his legendary military tactics reveal. James Lee McDonough offers fresh insight into a man tormented by the fear that history would pass him by, who was plagued by personal debts, and who lived much of his life separated from his family. As a soldier, Sherman evolved from a spirited student at West Point into a general who steered the Civil War's most decisive campaigns, rendered here in graphic detail. Lamenting casualties, Sherman sought the war's swift end by devastating Southern resources in the Carolinas and on his famous March to the Sea. This meticulously researched biography explores Sherman's warm friendship with Ulysses S. Grant, his strained relationship with his wife, Ellen, and his unassuageable grief over the death of his young son, Willy. The result is a remarkable, comprehensive life of an American icon whose legacy resonates to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515904687
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 06/15/2016
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Sales rank: 849,648
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

James Lee McDonough is a Civil War historian and the author of nine books, including Nashville: The Western Confederacy’s Final Gamble. He lives in Lewisburg, Tennessee, and Flagler Beach, Florida.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Prologue Death Stared Us All in the Face 1

Chapter 1 My Father Named Me William Tecumseh 20

Chapter 2 I Was Notified to Prepare for West Point 32

Chapter 3 In the Service of My Country 46

Chapter 4 Sand and Sun, Seminoles and Spaniards 63

Chapter 5 Military Camaraderie, Southern Aristocracy, Prospective Matrimony 84

Chapter 6 And Then There Was A War On 101

Chapter 7 Deprived of Military Glory 123

Chapter 8 California Again-a Brand-New Game 148

Chapter 9 Golden State Banker 173

Chapter 10 I Was Fit for the Army But Nothing Else 203

Chapter 11 In a Hell of a Fix 221

Chapter 12 No Man Can Foresee the End 238

Chapter 13 Action at Bull Run 254

Chapter 14 "Crazy" in Kentucky 274

Chapter 15 Triumphant in Tennessee 300

Chapter 16 This is no Common War 325

Chapter 17 The Strongest Place I Ever Saw 350

Chapter 18 The River of Our Greatness is Free 375

Chapter 19 Why Was I Not Killed at Vicksburg? 415

Chapter 20 One Hundred Thousand Strong 448

Chapter 21 I Knew More of Georgia Than the Rebels Did 472

Chapter 22 I Want a Bold Push for Atlanta 498

Chapter 23 It's a Big Game, But I Know I Can Do It 546

Chapter 24 Taking the War to the Braggart Carolinians 594

Chapter 25 A Soldier of Renown 625

Chapter 26 General-In-Chief, I 665

Chapter 27 General-In-Chief, II 690

Chapter 28 We Can Only Bow to the Inevitable 712

Acknowledgments 723

About the Sources 725

Notes 727

Index 787

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