American General: The Life and Times of William Tecumseh by John S. D. Eisenhower

By John S. D. Eisenhower

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

A century and a part after the Civil struggle, Sherman continues to be one in every of its such a lot arguable figures—the soldier who introduced the struggle not just to the accomplice military, yet to accomplice civilians besides. but Eisenhower, a West aspect graduate and a retired brigadier common (Army Reserves), reveals in Sherman a guy of startling contrasts, in no way outlined via the results of “total war.” His scruffy, raveled visual appeal belied an unconventional and unyielding mind. Intensely dependable to stronger officials, particularly Ulysses S. supply, he was once additionally a stalwart individualist. convinced sufficient 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 element, Sherman later rose to the rank of basic of the military, and notwithstanding deeply devoted to the Union reason, he held the folks of the South in nice affection.

In this striking reassessment of Sherman’s lifestyles 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 warfare. From Bull Run via Sherman’s epic March to the ocean, Eisenhower deals up a desirable narrative of an army genius whose impact helped protect the Union—and perpetually replaced conflict.

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I made a way for myself in the world against incredible odds and I was not in the habit of depending on anyone for anything. I hustled my way through life and created lanes where there were none. But there was always just one thing missing—one big thing— family. I was born into a broken family, to a mother who could never be one and a father who was busy starting new families everywhere he decided to call home. My mother was a shell and my father was a ghost. And I was their daughter. As I got older and people started moving away, there were no aunts or uncles, no grandparents, no cousins—there were no connections.

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