By William Tecumseh Sherman
Hailed as prophet of contemporary conflict and condemned as a harbinger of recent barbarism, William Tecumseh Sherman is the main arguable basic of the yankee Civil battle.
"War is cruelty, and also you can't refine it," he wrote in fury to the accomplice mayor of Atlanta, and his memoir is full of dozens of such wartime exchanges. With the propulsive strength and intelligence that marked his campaigns, Sherman describes amazing incidents and anecdotes and collects dozens of his incisive and sometimes outspoken wartime orders and experiences.
This advanced self-portrait of an cutting edge and incessant American warrior offers firsthand money owed of the war's an important events--Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, the Atlanta crusade, the marches via Georgia and the Carolinas.
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