Memoirs General William Tecumseh Sherman stands out as a master of maneuver warfare In a bloody Civil War chiefly remembered for battles in which each side tried too often to simply pummel the other into subm

  • Title: Memoirs
  • Author: William T. Sherman
  • ISBN: 9780760773680
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Memoirs

    General William Tecumseh Sherman stands out as a master of maneuver warfare In a bloody Civil War chiefly remembered for battles in which each side tried too often to simply pummel the other into submission by sheer weight of numbers and volume of fire, Sherman tried to keep casualties low, both among his own troops and, perhaps equally significant, among those of his ConGeneral William Tecumseh Sherman stands out as a master of maneuver warfare In a bloody Civil War chiefly remembered for battles in which each side tried too often to simply pummel the other into submission by sheer weight of numbers and volume of fire, Sherman tried to keep casualties low, both among his own troops and, perhaps equally significant, among those of his Confederate enemy Sherman, known for his quote, War is hell, explains in this account of his life how a man of compassion came to embrace a brutal and inhumane approach to war, one that has been the mark of every major conflict since his time.

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    1. Nick Black

      fulfillment of third-party offering, 2009-09-04. Surely one of the most fascinating and, pound-for-pound, realbadassmuthafuckas America's ever produced. If someone had to burn my hometown, I'm glad it was this guy. What would have been truly epic, in the Achilles/Ajax-and-Hector vein, would have been Sherman mixing it up with Bad Bedford Forrest, Duke of New York and most definitely H.N.I.C.:A month later, Forrest was back in action at the Battle of Shiloh (April 6 to April 7, 1862). He commande [...]

    2. Amanda Tero

      Many of my friends saw that I was reading this book and automatically replied with "Ugh! I pity you!" (granted, we are all Southerners)First off, I found Sherman's text fascinating. He was an excellent writer and brought me into the scenes in which he lived.Secondly, this was super clean! I think of military as a cussing hole, but I came across next to no curse words (a few uses of God's name in vain when he was quoting others).Thirdly, Sherman copied many letters and telegrams, so the opinion I [...]

    3. Larry

      Sherman's as well as Grant's memoirs are two classic pieces of American 19th century non-fiction. I'd always heard tales of Sherman the beast but Sherman the man comes through in these pages. The man had a fascinating career. Starting as 2nd Lt in Florida in the Seminole Wars, to occupying California during and after the Mexican War. In that capacity, Sherman assays the first gold brought out of Sutter's Mill and performs the initial survey of the gold fields. He later tries banking in San Franc [...]

    4. Donna Davis

      It's important to admit bias up front, and I will tell you that I went into this with a strong sense of near-adulation. Sherman has long been my greatest hero among American generals. I have surely been getting a very different sense of perspective at the same time, because Shelby Foote's trilogy is in the master bathroom, opposite the toilet where it belongs, because it's a huge volume and it fits neatly on the flat hamper there, and because my spouse and I can only read so much of that man (Fo [...]

    5. Nostromo

      Extaordinary book. Ok, this book approaches 1,000 pages in length - yet read faster than most books I've read. The letters in the book are awesome - folks could just write well back in the 1800s. (Unlike this review). Although long, the writing is concise, informative, interesting and compelling. I literaly could not put it down and awoke several nights and read till dawn. I loved this book and recommend it to most anyone, not just civil war buffs. In fact his tales of California in the 1840s is [...]

    6. Curtis

      Inside the mind of one of the greatest military thinkers in history. If nothing else, read the section portraying the letters between Sherman and General Hood. Sherman's arguments in favor of the Federal point of view are brilliant.

    7. Keith Schnell

      William Tecumseh Sherman, notably described by one biographer as being “like Attila the Hun, but less cuddly,” is one of the most fascinating and important characters in American history. Reviled by Tea Partiers as a war criminal and remembered by everyone who didn’t vote for George Wallace as the man who was to American slavery what Sir Arthur Harris was to the Holocaust, Sherman was in fact a complex and highly intelligent man whose memoirs are worth reading on several levels.Sherman’s [...]

    8. Rick

      This is a terrific book. Sherman was undoubtedly the greatest Union general of the Civil War, and also among the most earnest about the necessity of preserving the Union. In fact, the greatest impression that I got from his memoirs was just how single-minded he actually was about ensuring that the United States, as originally compacted, would endure. Obviously, in his memoirs - written long after-the-fact - he would have taken care to present this impression, knowing well by then of its historic [...]

    9. Martin

      I'd been planning to read this 1,000 pager for a while. Sherman has interested me for at least a decade, and I usually stop by his statue in D.C. when I visit.Interesting notes:--middle name does come from the Indian leader who Sherman's father admired--his graduating class at West Point was fewer than 50 men--first posted to rounding up Indians in Florida, got quartermaster duty right away, indicating high level of trustworthiness. Opined that Indians should have been left in FL.--almost killed [...]

    10. Miles Ford

      I always like the concept of an unreliable narrator in literature. I don't read much non-fiction, but I thought to hear the first person perspective of a general most southerners regard as a monster would offer the same feeling as fiction books where you cant quite trust every thing the narrator says. This book does deliver on that. Every passage where he explains what his men did to Georgia is regarded as nonchalant and necessary by Sherman, while history remembers this bit of the Civil War as [...]

    11. Al Maki

      Three aspects of the book interested me. It's an eyewitness account of life, particuarly but not only, military life, in the United States in the period before the Civil War, by a fellow who had his eyes open. The stuff on life early California and Florida alone is almost enough to justify reading the book. It also details the slide toward war of the United States as personal experience. Finally, it's a detailed account by the man who ran it of the project of deliberately destroying the economy [...]

    12. Bob Mayer

      Not quite as well written at Grant's memoirs. It is interesting to read this side by side with that book though to see the contrast between the two men. Also, how their paths veered after the war.

    13. Joshua Emil

      HAPPY VALENTINES DAY GENERAL SHERMAN! HAHAHALet's start first with the best of General Sherman. "I prefer to maintain my allegiance to the Constitution as long as a fragment of it survives"--1861"The section of thirty pounder Parrott rifles now drilling before my tent is a more convincing argument than the largest Democratic meeting the State of New York can possibly assemble at Albany"-- 1863"This I construe as the end of my military career. In looking back upon the past I can only say, with mi [...]

    14. Fabian

      I savored this reading experience, stretching the 1055 pages over a period of six months. I will miss Sherman's presence in my life. In the appendix there are several letters from friends and military comrades congratulating and thanking him for the memoirs, honored that they were able to live to read them. 150 years later, I feel the same way. I give the edge to Grant's memoir only for a slightly more enjoyable reading experience. However, this is 5 stars all the way, especially if you love hea [...]

    15. Daniel Chang

      If you are a civil war buff, this is must reading. Of course Sherman was critical to the story of the Civil War. He had quite an amazing life prior to the Civil War, being part of the Gold Rush in California and being on a couple of shipwrecks. He also worked for a bank which showed how his mind worked and probably why he was so successful as a General. This book does not match Grant's memoirs, but what book does?

    16. Jim Tevnan

      Well constructed narrative of the most contentious era of US history.Sherman's strong sense of purpose along with his laser like attention to details permeates his memoirs. Amazing amount of personal witness and involvement in a large swath of our history. Would liked to hear final judgements on Grant, Johnson and Lincoln.Maps would make chapters and scenes more understandable.Several misspellings and transposed dates.

    17. Moodleprof

      ExcellentI found these memoirs just as good to read as those by Ulysses Grant. A great insight into the military campaigns of the civil war, along with the political machinations in Washington. Recommended

    18. Tom

      This is the longest book I have read in quite some time, and the 1100 pages don't exactly fly by. Even though it is a fairly arduous read, the subject matter is very engrossing, 150 years after the Civil War. Being a biography, it covers the his upbringing, early military assignments, the Civil War, and his time as the highest ranking officer in the Army after the war. In addition to his thoughts, he includes letters and correspondence, and in various addenda, let's people who feel he has slight [...]

    19. Tony

      Sherman, William T. FROM ATLANTA TO THE SEA. (This ed.-1961). ****. This was a publication of The Folio Society, but based on the original sources in Sherman’s Memoirs. What made this book particularly interesting was the introduction and annotations by B. H. Liddell Hart, the famous British historian and military strategist. Although Hart has a mixed and sometimes murky reputation for bending facts to fit his theories, he was very influential during his time and went on to write several books [...]

    20. Paul

      General Sherman's life was pretty damned extraordinary, even by the standards of a commanding Civil War general, and this memoir is generally excellent at narrating the first 2/3rds of his life. The memoir pretty much ends with the immediate aftermath of the Civil War and his assumption of command of the U.S. Army following the election of Ulysses S. Grant as president. I wish he'd gone into more detail about his role in the never-ending wars against the Indians. And make no mistake: Sherman was [...]

    21. John

      Four stars is likely generous but I did enjoy Sherman memoirs. First, understand that all memoirs are generally bad, and always self-serving. Next, skip over all the portion of the autobiography until the start of the war (about the first 25 per cent). One reviewer was correct when he said Sherman's (overly-lengthy) account of his time in California was unreadable.I read the free Kindle edition which had the usual plethora of typos and misspellings, but I could normally make out the intended wor [...]

    22. Heman

      He was definitely not as good a writer as he was a good general. The narrative is dry and the parts covering the period of the war (which is the major part of the book) are sometimes a string of reprinted correspondents, military dispatches, and statistical military lists. Every now and then there is a funny story or a great insight. I liked the story of the union cavalry general Rousseau; He was on a raid in the south to gather mules, when his regiment arrives in a ranch and his men's uniforms [...]

    23. Marilyn

      Curiosity got the better of me and I was pleasantly surprised. Sherman was a good writer. Besides his account of his part in the Civil War, he tells of his early days as a young officer stationed in California during and after the Mexican War and tells about the discovery of gold that had such as impact on the development of the West. Although I've lived in California for years this is the first time I was given a good glimpse into what it was like in the old days; his description of the country [...]

    24. Josh Luft

      I'd been interested in William Tecumseh Sherman since high school history class (and Pavement's R.E.M. tribute, "Unseen Power of the Picket Fence"). However, it was after I saw Ross McElwee's documentary, Sherman's March, that I decided I wanted to learn more about him. When I found out Sherman wrote his own memoir, I figured a great way to learn more about the man was from the man himself. It helped that his Memoirs were controversial and that he was, purportedly, a decent writer. Sadly, though [...]

    25. Charlie Daniel

      While not an easy read, Sherman's Memoirs are a must for anyone interested in mid-to-late-1800s American history.While Sherman is infamous throughout the South due to the burning of several southern cities, his memoirs go well beyond his role as a Union general. His memoirs recount many cornerstone events in America, including the California gold rush and the building of the trans-continental railroads.His account of the Civil War gives incredible insight into the magnitude of the Union campaign [...]

    26. Jim

      I came back to this book after giving up trying to read it a few years ago. I found the chapters about Sherman's time in California during & after the Mexican War to be unreadable. This time I skipped ahead to when he was the superintendent for a college in Louisiana in 1859-60 and read the rest of the book. One of the most interesting things about this book is that Sherman included copies of a lot of the Civil War correspondence between Sherman, Grant, Halleck, Lincoln, Stanton, some of She [...]

    27. Paul J

      General William T. Sherman is known for his simple statement, "War is hell." It is an accurate statement.I have been intrigued for some time by this man with this callous reputation, who is also known for the burning of Atlanta and "the march to the sea." My intrigue grew recently, when I heard someone from the south state bitterly how awful Sherman was. I was taken aback, I must admit. That was a long time ago. You need to get over this.So, I decided to hear from the man himself and read his me [...]

    28. Gregory Rothbard

      I begin this book as an attempt to stir up my wife, whom is related to Jerfferson Davis, a true GRITS (a girl raised in the south). I am a western boy and sometimes full of tenacity, and sprite. I tell you this because I was reading the book for material to share with my wife when she got to Southern. Sherman had such a great presence that no one had a neutral opinion on him. Some hate him. Others loved him. So who was this man and was he as angelic or diabolic as people portrayed him to be I ha [...]

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