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By John S. D. Eisenhower

From revered historian John S. D. Eisenhower comes a stunning portrait of William Tecumseh Sherman, the Civil conflict normal whose course of destruction reduce the Confederacy in , broke the need of the Southern inhabitants, and earned him a spot in background as “the first sleek general.” but in the back of his attractiveness as a fierce warrior was once a sympathetic guy of complicated character.

A century and a part after the Civil struggle, Sherman is still one in every of its so much debatable figures—the soldier who introduced the struggle not just to the accomplice military, yet to accomplice civilians to boot. but Eisenhower, a West aspect graduate and a retired brigadier basic (Army Reserves), unearths in Sherman a guy of startling contrasts, in no way outlined by means of the results of “total war.” His scruffy, raveled visual appeal belied an unconventional and unyielding mind. Intensely dependable to more desirable officials, specifically Ulysses S. furnish, he was once additionally a stalwart individualist. convinced adequate to make calls for face-to-face with President Lincoln, he sympathetically listened to the issues of newly freed slaves on his famed march from Atlanta to Savannah. Dubbed “no soldier” in the course of his years at West aspect, Sherman later rose to the rank of basic of the military, and although deeply dedicated to the Union reason, he held the folks of the South in nice affection.

In this awesome reassessment of Sherman’s existence and profession, Eisenhower takes readers from Sherman’s Ohio origins and his fledgling first stint within the military, to his years as a businessman in California and his moved quickly go back to uniform on the outbreak of the battle. From Bull Run via Sherman’s epic March to the ocean, Eisenhower deals up a desirable narrative of an army genius whose impact helped defend the Union—and perpetually replaced conflict.

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