WILLIAM T. SHERMAN
|United States Army General William Tecumseh
Sherman was one of the American Civil War's most successful and, to his
enemies, notorious commanders. His decisive nature and sense of orderliness led
him to the most extreme action against perceived foes, and to great kindness to
open friends. His keen favor for Union law and order led him into direct
conflict with the Seccesionists and Indians whom he saw as clear challenges to
his sense of authority and order.
This sense of fairness and order led
to a degree of conflict which he had little difficulty harmonizing. In the
postwar years, he truly grieved for the plight of the American Indians, yet he
ruthlessly prosecuted campaigns against any of them who refused to accept Union
law. His uncompromising nature certainly contributed to his greatest military
successes, and his Civil War campaigns were closely scrutinized by the Prussian
General Staff in the newly formed European state of Germany.
|These select chapters are based on the 1891
fourth edition published by Charles L. Webster. Due to their great length (50
pages in some cases) selected chapters will be posted in several parts.
The Battle of Shiloh, March and April
Chapter 10a ·
Chapter 10b ·
Chapter 10c ·
Memphis, April to July, 1862
11a · Chapter