The Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman

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The Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman

Author: Charles Royster
Publisher: Library of America
Copyright: 1990
Pages: 1136
Cover Price: $ 35.00

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Hailed as a prophet of modern war and condemned as a harbinger of modern barbarism, Sherman is the most controversial general of the Civil War. "War is cruelty, you cannot refine it," he wrote in fury to the Confederate mayor of Atlanta, and his memoir is filled with dozens of such wartime exchanges and a fascinating, eerie account of the famous march through the Carolinas.

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William Tecumseh Sherman fought a war of destruction in Georgia, aimed at destroying the South's will and ability to fight. Atlanta was a relatively young city at the time of the Civil War, having been developed as a hub of railroad transportation. General Sherman took the battle to the heart of the Confederacy when he marched his army through Georgia to the sea, inflicting the maximum destruction on the land as he passed through.