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Tributions to the Transcontinental Railroad and his tempestuous family relationships. In the morning Sherman imposed full discipline rounded up his stragglers issued one hundred rifles to such civil authorities as remained and marched on to the next stop of what O Connell aptly calls the roadshow of emancipation Sherman s culminating performance was the Grand Review of the returning armies May 23 and 24 1865 Two hundred thousand troops paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue past the boxed dignitaries of Washington and seventy five thousand cheering citizens Sherman s forces marched on the second day Whitman then clerking at the Indian Bureau noted that divisions were preceded by pioneer battalions of real Southern darkies black as tar marching smartly with shouldered axes They had felled forests and laid the log roads on which the army had crossed the Carolina swamps And taking up the rear the families of freed people who had followed Sherman s army out of bondage and into an uncertain future Black residents of Washington would also trail President Grant s second Inauguration Day parade and be jeered With Lincoln killed these generals were their hope Banned in Britain relationships. In the morning Sherman imposed full discipline Hour of the Beast rounded up his stragglers issued one hundred Dictionary Of Dreams rifles to such civil authorities as The Love of a Latino remained and marched on to the next stop of what O Connell aptly calls the Other Days, Other Eyes roadshow of emancipation Sherman s culminating performance was the Grand Review of the Deception Island returning armies May 23 and 24 1865 Two hundred thousand troops paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue past the boxed dignitaries of Washington and seventy five thousand cheering citizens Sherman s forces marched on the second day Whitman then clerking at the Indian Bureau noted that divisions were preceded by pioneer battalions of The Family real Southern darkies black as tar marching smartly with shouldered axes They had felled forests and laid the log The First Partition of Poland roads on which the army had crossed the Carolina swamps And taking up the The Hero of Varay rear the families of freed people who had followed Sherman s army out of bondage and into an uncertain future Black

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Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman

A profile of the iconic Civil War general explores the paradoxes attributed to his c. Thanks to Goodreads and Random House for the advance copy This one comes out July 1st 2014 and I highly recommend More than a biography Fierce Patriot is an historical account with a leading man William T Sherman Instead of an exhaustive life story from beginning to end O Connell decides to dissect Sherman into sections Part 1 The Military Strategist An outline of the strategy he used to terrorize and whip the South back into the Union Part 2 The General and His Army How Sherman interacted with his army Part 3 The Man and His Families The role his family played on his life and how he overcame the shadow of being adopted and marrying his adopted sister Ellen Not as scandalous as you might thinkA majority of the book outlines his role as a military strategist I ve never read much about the Civil War so Sherman s perspective was fascinating to me If you re a Civil War buff perhaps there s details in Sherman s own autobiography Memoirs of General WT Sherman or the thousands upon thousands of books written about this time period O Connell sums up the importance of Sherman s strategic leadership in the war in particular his infamous March on the South Like Napoleon he dominated the script of war and not just through sheer volume He matched Grant even surpassed him in his capacity for the memorable phrase the strategic one line once again critical in operations since you want subordinates to remember what you told them to do But it also welded him to his men who reveled in his rhetoric and traded aphorisms across their solider network until they all believed they knew him I also found the second section about him and his boys interesting Sherman or Uncle Billy as he was affectionately known was loyal to his soldiers to the end even attending countless reunions weddings and ceremonies for his soldiers He treated them all eually despite rank and did everything he could to prevent senseless death He was known to retreat when victory was impossible which was not an approach shared by others on both sides of the war The last section though much shorter sort of fizzled for me Sherman was somewhat against religion but his wife was a devout Catholic and raised the children this way Sherman was obviously gone from the home for much of time especially during the war so this gave Ellen s Catholic influence the upper hand One of his beloved sons actually became a priest to Sherman s horror I think much of this section could ve been welded into the other sections and may have even given a bit of reprieve from some of the boring aspects of regiment life Remarkably some of the best writing O Connell provides is in the Author s Notes at the end Here s what he says about history Never a historically minded people Americans seem even less interested in the past these days Meanwhile it remains unclear what history can do whom it should serve what it should be Academics continue to doggedly address these issues but in the process they produce much that is unreadable Popular history is easier to consume but varies wildly in uality the genre is largely the province of journalists who often lack the background to see deep trends and long term causation The path forward remains cluttered with uestion marks I agree and that s why books like this are so important We can t avoid conflict and war unless we know what it means and does We have lots of examples at our fingertips so there should be no excuses as to why we don t avoid it at all cost

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Haracter to discuss such topics as his achievements as a military strategist his con. This is a good book for those who like me before reading it know only a few facts about William Tecumseh Sherman Robert O Connell gives a good outline of his highly eventful life showing him to be a military man through and through He likes people theater the Union and winning He has a great sense of geography which enhances his strategic thinking He knows how to cut losses and thereby save livesIt is a book of surprises The first one was on p 5 a drawing Sherman made as a Cadet at West Point Other surprises are Sherman s banking career his role in the discovery of CA gold his marriage to his foster sister his powerful political family his brother is the Sherman of the anti trust legislation his leadership in a Louisiana military academy his affair with Vinnie Ream his son s entry into the priesthood and The last surprise is General Joseph Johnston serving as a his pall bearerI appreciated the early discussion on the West Point curriculum what it was and what it wasn t The professional relationships of Sherman and Henry Halleck and General Grant are well drawn Sherman s planning for and execution of the Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea it are good summaries for the general reader as are the occupations of Memphis and Savanah The March was uite different than I envisioned itO Connell shows a enlightened man than the image of brutality that often surrounds his name He is ferocious on behalf of the Union but when towns surrender their people are treated as fellow citizens His war is his passionate defense of the Union His liberation of slaves is to strike at the plantation owners who tore the Union apart Having newly freed men give him information and assist on campaigns he gets to know them and understand their situation He becomes ahead of his time on race and race relations His marchers at the Grand Review include the Blacks who worked along with his troopsThe book is arranged such that the career history is separate from the personal life This seemed to create two different Sherman s In the career part he is pictured as a good husband and family man despite his wife Ellen s father s demands and her strong religious commitment although his work keeps him many miles and many months away from the family The second part shows the couple s uarrels over money religion and Sherman s affairs making hard to imagine the marriage as portrayed in the parallel career chronologyThe author does not address Sherman s middle name and it is not clear if Tecumseh was his first name changed to his second by his foster father Thomas Ewing Whether it was his first or middle name why would Charles Sherman name his son for a Shawnee leader p272 determined to prevent white encroachment O Connell calls Sherman pxix virtually a human embodiment of Manifest Destiny without irony Whatever the issues Sherman must have been attached to this unusual name and gives it to his son known as P Tecumseh ShermanO Connell succeeds in showing Sherman s complexity his major role in keeping the Union united and then tying it together via the railroad You come to see Sherman without the war crimes baggage and think of him as O Connell does as one of the few historical figures who would fit right into the current age


10 thoughts on “Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman

  1. says:

    ”He stood by me when I was crazy and I stood by him when he was drunk; now sir we stand by each other always” William Tecumseh Sherman on his relationship with Ulysses S Grant William Tecumseh ShermanThe importance of second in commands became very apparent to me while reading this book If you think back to Alexander the Great and the close relationship he had with his friendconfidantlover Hephaestion he was never the same af

  2. says:

    “Not unexpectedly Sherman’s final destination was St LouisHe was buried next to Ellen and Willy in Calvary Ce

  3. says:

    Thanks to Goodreads and Random House for the advance copy This one comes out July 1st 2014 and I highly recommend More than a biography Fierce Patriot is an historical account with a leading man William T Sherman Instead of an exhaustive life story from beginning to end O’Connell decides to dissect Sherman into sections Part 1 The Military Strategist – An outline of the strategy he used to terrorize and whip the Sou

  4. says:

    This is a good book for those who like me before reading it know only a few facts about William Tecumseh Sherman Robert O’Connell gi

  5. says:

    According to Robert L O’Connell in his new book AMERICAN PATRIOT THE TANGLED LIVES OF WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN the life of the Civil War hero should not be portrayed in the traditional fashion by preparing a chronologic

  6. says:

    I pre ordered this book the moment I saw it on and began reading with great anticipation the day it arrived Sherman is long overdue for a full length biography and I hoped this would be it So I wish I could write that FIERCE PATRIOT

  7. says:

    In the morning Sherman imposed full discipline rounded up his stragglers issued one hundred rifles to such civil authorities as remained and marched on to the next stop of what O’Connell aptly calls the 'roadshow' of emancipation

  8. says:

    First of all put aside the legends that have accrued to the name The March to the Sea the War is all hell uote the man simply has one of the greatest faces in American history Who but a Southerner a Tea Party nut or a pacifist could fail to se

  9. says:

    I enjoyed reading this book very much I'm not one for military biographies in general My husband is very knowledgeable in the Civil War and Napoleonic history and was uite surprised to find me reading this book Sherman was obviously one of our country's greatest generals This I knew before reading the book Howeve

  10. says:

    I found the book superficial oddly segmented and full of statements that are not supported in the text O'Connell either gave up trying to write a perspicacious biography about Sherman or perhaps was not up to the task Yes Sh

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