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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Washington, had been revived, and that he had been summoned to Washington. The implication was obviousthat Grant, on receiving it, would be given the supreme command of the United States armies. The letter went on to express Grant's "thanks to you and McPherson as the men to whom, above all others, I feel indebted for whatever I have had of success. How far your advice and suggestions have been of assistance, you know. How far your execution of whatever has been given you to do entitles you to

oscillations of public opinion." That Sherman had a deep dislike for the idea of using negro troops to fight white men is unquestionable. Moreover, he had just written to Halleck urging him "so far to respect the prejudices of the people of Savannah, as not to garrison the place with negro troops. It seems a perfect bug-bear to them, and I know that all people are more influenced by prejudice than by reason." But the evidence of many witnesses testifies to his courtesy, kindness and naturalness

until both are crippled." Perhaps a bout of his old trouble engendered this depression, intuitive beyond any reasonable calculation. For in a letter six weeks later to his wife, when he was getting ready to leave for home, he tells her: "I have been pretty free of asthma for a long time, though this climate is peculiarly suited to produce it. . . . I had a pretty severe attack shortly after my arrival, but Dr. Hitchcock says it was not owing to lungs but a kind of fever, and, strange to say,

army is a manifest discredit. The desertion of so many officers (treachery I had better say), the surrender on parole in Texas of so many officers where all the men were true to their allegiance, has so stained the whole regular course of officers that it will take good conduct on their part to retrieve their old position." This political feeling of resentment was expressed in the appointment of so many volunteer officers to high commands at the outset, and the failure of the North in comparison

readily, perhaps too readily, because he had received orders from Washington placing McClernand in charge of the Vicksburg expedition although under his superior direction. Indeed, McPherson had suggested to him on the 20th, "I would, if in your place, proceed to Memphis and take command of it myself. It is the great feature of the campaign, and its execution rightfully belongs to you." And Grant had only received the first news of the break in his rear when he decided to adopt this suggestion,

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