SHERMAN: A Soldier's LifeLEE KENNETT Book Number: 86984 Product format: Paperback
Born 8 February 1820, the third son of Charles and Mary Sherman of Lancaster, Ohio, it seems that William Tecumseh Sherman was inevitably bound for fame or infamy one way or another. When Charles died nine years later having squandered the family fortune, friends and neighbours stepped in and it was most likely their influence that saw William enrol at West Point, aged 16. He graduated four years later and joined the 3rd Artillery as a Lieutenant. In Lee Kennett's brilliant biography we see the making of a true soldier, from the frontier society and eccentric family to stability at West Point and the period that arguably shaped him most, the period leading up to the Civil War when he established his reputation. His Civil War record is superbly documented here. In such battles as Bull Run and Shiloh, the siege of Vicksburg and ultimately - and most controversially - the Great March, he displayed a blend of drive, determination and mastery of detail unique in the annals of war. His "scorched earth" policy employed in the Great March through the Carolinas and Georgia, destroying supplies to starve and totally demoralise the not just the Confederate Army but Southern civilians was brutal yet effective and is still the subject of much debate. Unlike his predecessor in charge of the Army Ulysses S. Grant, he refused to be drawn into politics and in 1875 published his Memoirs, still regarded as the best first-hand account of the Civil War. 426pp paperback, b/w illus and maps.
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