Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American

Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American

B. H. Liddell Hart

Language: English

Pages: 395

ISBN: 0306805073

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Publish Year note: First published November 30th 1928

When Liddell Hart's Sherman was first published in 1929, it received encomiums such as these:

"A masterly performance . . . one of the most thorougly dignified, one of the most distinguished biographies of the year."-- Henry Steele Commager, New York Herald Tribune

"It is not often that one comes upon a biography that is so well done as this book. Nearly every page bears evidence of the fact that it is the product of painstaking and exhaustive research, mature thought, and an expert understanding of the subject in hand . . ."-- Saturday Review of Literature

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left Atlanta and was facing him afresh; to ascertain the accuracy of this deduction he sent orders for Slocum "to feel forward to Atlanta as boldly as he can." If Hood had really slipped out of Atlanta, Sherman decided that he himself would swing out and in again below Jonesborough. It was characteristic of him that he instantaneously conceived Griffin, more than twenty miles below Jonesborough, as his next objective point on the railroad, whereas Thomas, a few hours later, suggested Lovejoy's

town with no women boring me every order I give." He had not forgotten his trials at Memphis, where he had at first wasted much time and paper in trying to appeal to the reason of charitably or enthusiastically inclined ladies of influence who sought to influence him, until he had lapsed from the reply courteous to the reply curt. Allied with his dislike of feminine interference was that, which he classed with it, of the voluntary aid societies who pressed their services upon him. Some of his

and got. I have all the rank I want . . . and it makes no difference to me whether that be MajorGeneral or Marshal . . . I have commanded one hundred thousand men in battle, and on the march, successfully and without confusion, and that is enough for reputation. Now, I want rest and peace . . ." With equal consideration for Grant's peace of mind, as well as position, he sent him a personal reassurance-"I have been told that Congress meditates a bill to make another lieutenant-general for me. I

it with the "March through Georgia" three years later. By one of those violent fluctuations of temper and temperament which led superficial observers to term Sherman "mercurial"? Not necessarily; indeed, it is the least convincing explanation. For a more natural one stands out against the historical background. The character of the war and the conditions of the opposition had radically changed by 1864. Furthermore, the "March through Georgia" did not leave a hostile population athwart Sherman's

assistance he could render, saying that if he could be of service at the front I might send-for him and he would waive rank." For this there was soon no need, as both Grant and Smith were promoted majorgenerals after Donelson's capture. An ironical turn of fortune's wheel, for when, after the fall of Fort Henry, Sherman was offering to waive his seniority in order to serve under Grant, Halleck was proposing to McClellan that Sherman might be given charge of the Tennessee operations over Grant's

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