- Series: Civil War centennial series
- Hardcover: 409 pages
- Publisher: Indiana University Press (1957)
- ASIN: B0000CK8UC
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 2.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,008,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Memoirs of General William T. Sherman Hardcover – Import, 1957
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Top Customer Reviews
In 1875 General William Sherman published the first edition of his Memoirs. They were controversial. Eleven years later Sherman published his second edition, with two new chapters, and appendixes. To be sure the memoirs remained controversial. Even today there seems to be no middle ground. He is either a great general, or an overrated one. He is either "hailed as a prophet of modern war or condemned as a modern barbarism." There have been full scale biographies and books about his campaigns, but none are as rewarding as these memoirs.
The chapters which interested me the most were the ones where Sherman is most emotionally involved. In Chapter 7 Sherman writes of his time at the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy. Sherman gives a "Clay Whig" description of that state's secession, and how hard he took it. Another chapter which I found thrilling is Chapter 19. On page 601 Sherman quotes a letter he wrote to Atlanta's Mayor James Calhoun and others: "You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and all those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out."
I recommend the Library of America edition of Sherman's Memoirs because it reprints the second edition. Make sure you buy a reprint of the second edition because the it includes information that was not included in the first edition.
The historical value of these memoirs is enormous. Sherman contributed a great deal to the war, and was partially responsible for the war ending when it did. He conducted one of the most brilliant military campaigns in modern history (actually, they were three campaigns--Atlanta, Savannah, and the Carolinas) and accomplished what many considered to be the impossible. His policy of total war, applied in the South, was utilized by Sheridan in the Shenandoah, and was later slightly modified to be used against the Indians. Thanks to his memoirs, we have a step-by-step account of how this policy developed.
Sherman's work is engaging and very to the point. He is meticulous almost to a fault in his quest for accuracy and detail. His writing is very, very good, and easy to read. Also, Sherman truly (I believe) endeavored to be completely objective in his evaluations, and accomplished this end better even than most modern historians. He is quick to give praise and slow to censure, but is not afraid to record the failures of his subordinates when necessary.Read more ›
In character with the efficency of organization he was known for in managing every aspect of his life, this book is pure information, fact, personal insights, important correspondence, personal recollections of conversations with relevant historic figures and is, at times very amusing.
Rather than dealing with his whole life, this book was written as a first hand account detailing events of the Civil War, particularly the armies under his direct command as well as events leading up to the Civil War and relevant political events after the war.
Straightforward and efficient, no fluff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A visionary leader vilified, obviously a century before his time. He would be treated the same today.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
He was such a unique person. Very intelligent. I like his descriptions. He is blunt and to the
Valuable history. Sherman was way before his time.
The dates in Chapters 12 and 13 are wrong ! Chapter 12 lists the years July to Jan.1882 to 1883. Chapter 13 lists the date Jan .to July 1888. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Les
I am an 18 year old who is graduating high school soon and like to think of myself as a history buff. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Trevor Alm
Sherman explains the ways, means, ends and why of war. If you seek a better understanding of the nature, practice, politics, stakes, and aftermath of war then this book is for you.Published 17 months ago by JAB
I love the entire series of history books by the Library of America. I have almost all of them. A great set to give to a young person to start their professional reading library. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Redoubt Ranger