Fierce Patriot: 3of8: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman Audible Audiobook – Unabridged/ Robert O'Connell (Author), Andrew Garman (Narrator), & 1 more

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Image:Title: Life and deeds of General Sherman, including the story of his great march to the sea ..
Year: 1891 (1890s)
AuthorsNorthrop, Henry Davenport, 1836-1909
SubjectsSherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891 Generals
PublisherPhiladelphia, National publishing co
Contributing LibraryThe Library of Congress
Digitizing SponsorSloan Foundation

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St. Louis, Co-lumbus, the Gibraltar of the ■West, is ours and Kentucky )is free. Thanks to the bril-liant strategy of the campaign iby which the enemys centre (was pierced at Forts Henry jand Donelson, his wings iso- •lated from each other and (turned, compelling thus the ievacuation of his stronghold of Bowling Green first, land now Columbus. Driven from all these strongholds, it became neces- ^sary for the Confederates to select some defensiveposition farther to the south. In obedience to in-structions from Richmond, Polk fell back some miles,still clinging to the shores of the Mississippi, and es-tablished himself at Island No. lo and at New Madrid.Attack on Island ^NTo. lO.These places, although fortified with great strength,Island No. lo particularly having had the special at-tention of General Beauregard and being deemed themost impregnable of all the posts on the Mississippi,the Confederates were compelled in succession tcevacuate, The attack on Island No, lo reflected the

Fierce Patriot: 3of8: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman  Audible Audiobook – Unabridged/  Robert O'Connell (Author), Andrew Garman (Narrator), & 1 more

With a unique, witty, and conversational voice historian Robert O'Connell breaks down the often paradoxical, easily caricatured character of General William T. Sherman for the most well-rounded portrait of the man yet written. There were many Shermans, according to O'Connell. Most prominently was Sherman the military strategist (indeed, one of the greatest strategists of all time), who gained an appreciation of geography from early campaigns out west and applied it to his famed Civil War march. Then there was "Uncle Billy", Sherman's popular persona, the charismatic and beloved leader of the Army of the West, and instrumental in the achievement of the transcontinental railroad in his post-war years. This Sherman, as O'Connell writes, was "the human embodiment of manifest destiny". From north to south and east to west, Sherman dedicated his life to keeping the United States united. Finally, there was Sherman the family man, whose tempestuous relationship with his wife (and stepsister!) Ellen is out of a Dickens novel. Throughout, O'Connell breaks down the misperceptions about Sherman, bolstered both by contemporary journalists and by the work of modern historians. O'Connell makes a compelling case that Sherman's march through the south was not a campaign of unmitigated destruction, but a necessary piece of strategy and the perceived chaos has been overblown. O'Connell's Sherman is ultimately a complicated and quintessential 19th-century American. Robert O' Connell worked as Senior Analyst at the U.S. Army Intelligence Agency's Foreign Science and Technology Center and was a contributing editor to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.