Fierce Patriot

Fierce Patriot

The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman

Book - 2014
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A profile of the iconic Civil War general explores the paradoxes attributed to his character to discuss such topics as his achievements as a military strategist, his contributions to the Transcontinental Railroad, and his tempestuous family relationships.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2014
ISBN: 9781400069729
1400069726
Branch Call Number: 92 SHER
Characteristics: xxi, 404 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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jquick99
Dec 10, 2017

Fantastic book on Sherman...highly recommend. If you want to understand this man, read this book. The book disappoints in details of battles...I think the taking of Savannah is mentioned in 2 sentences, Atlanta...a very little bit more.

I suggest to read Part III...The Man and His Families, first. To me, learning about how he grew up helps explain his relationship with his wife, father-in-law/foster dad and birth/foster siblings.

I just recently started learning about the Civil War and have read more than a few books.

Before reading this, my #1 question to a Civil War Scholar would have been: since General McClellan didn’t want to fight, and Sherman did, why didn’t Lincoln fire McClellan and replace him with Sherman? I now know the answer.

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rbrick
Sep 22, 2014

An excellent biography on a truly amazing individual. Obviously an individual of amazing strengths and talents but also a person with deep flaws.

While eventually being one of the key reasons the union army was ultimately successful, Sherman failed to show any significant successes initially in business or militarily. Indeed after his first major command [which he was given despite his request that he never be so assigned] he suffered a mental breakdown and had to be relieved of command.

His views on race relations were archaic even for his times. He treated natives and people of colour in ways that were completely unacceptable and unnecessary. Yet he also was respectful towards members of those races and tended to have good relations with individuals with whom he dealt.

There seems no doubt that he had an unabiding love for his wife [who was also his step-sister with whom he lived from the age of 9] but their marriage consisted mainly of long periods of separation [although they did have 8 children].

I would strongly recommend the book.

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