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Hailed as prophet of recent struggle and condemned as a harbinger of smooth barbarism, William Tecumseh Sherman is the most arguable normal of the yankee Civil conflict. “War is cruelty, and also you can't refine it,” he wrote in fury to the Confederate mayor of Atlanta, and his memoir is full of dozens of such wartime exchanges. With the propulsive power and intelligence that marked his campaigns, Sherman describes striking incidents and anecdotes and collects dozens of his incisive and frequently outspoken wartime orders and stories. This complex self-portrait of an leading edge and constant American warrior presents firsthand bills of the war’s the most important events—Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, the Atlanta crusade, the marches via Georgia and the Carolinas.

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At the twenty sixth I took the boat for Charleston, attaining my put up, and stated for accountability Wednesday morning, December 27, 1843. I had hardly ever received again to my submit whilst, at the twenty first of January, 1844, I bought from Lieutenant R. P. Hammond, at Marietta, Georgia, an intimation that Colonel Churchill, Inspector-General of the military, had utilized for me to aid him in taking depositions in higher Georgia and Alabama touching on definite losses through volunteers in Florida of horses and equipments due to the failure of the us to supply adequate forage, and for which Congress had made an appropriation. at the 4th of February the order got here from the Adjutant-General in Washington for me to continue to Marietta, Georgia, and report back to Inspector-General Churchill. i used to be behind schedule until eventually the 14th of February as a result of being on a court docket martial, whilst i used to be duly relieved and began through rail to Augusta, Georgia, and so far as Madison, the place I took the mail-coach, attaining Marietta at the seventeenth. There I suggested for responsibility to Colonel Churchill, who was once already working on his paintings, assisted by way of Lieutenant R. P. Hammond, 3rd Artillery, and a citizen named Stockton. The colonel had his relatives with him, which includes Mrs. Churchill, Mary, now Mrs. Professor Baird, and Charles Churchill, then a boy of approximately fifteen years of age. all of us lived in a tavern, and had an place of work handy. the obligation consisted in taking person depositions of the officials and males who had composed regiments and a battalion of fixed volunteers that had served in Florida. An oath used to be administered to every guy through Colonel Churchill, who then grew to become the claimant over to at least one folks to take down and checklist his deposition in keeping with convinced types, which enabled them to be consolidated and tabulated. We remained in Marietta approximately six weeks, in which time I many times rode to Kenesaw Mountain, and over the very flooring the place later on, in 1864, we had a few difficult battles. After remaining our company at Marietta the colonel ordered us to move our operations to Bellefonte, Alabama. As he proposed to take his relations and get together by way of the degree, Hammond lent me his riding-horse, which I rode to Allatoona and the Etowah River. listening to of convinced huge Indian mounds close to the way in which, I grew to become to 1 part to go to them, preventing a number of days with Colonel Lewis Tumlin, on whose plantation those mounds have been. We struck up such an acquaintance that we corresponded for a few years, and as I handed his plantation in the course of the conflict, in 1864, I inquired for him, yet he used to be no longer at domestic. From Tumlin’s I rode to Rome, and in terms of Wills Valley over Sand Mountain and the Raccoon diversity to the Tennessee River at Bellefonte, Alabama. all of us assembled there in March, and persevered our paintings for almost months, while, having accomplished the company, Colonel Churchill, together with his kin, went North when it comes to Nashville; Hammond, Stockton, and that i returning South on horse again, by means of Rome, Allatoona, Marietta, Atlanta, and Madison, Georgia. Stockton stopped at Marietta, the place he resided.

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