William Tecumseh Sherman - Author

Michael Fellman - Editor/introduction

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ISBN 9780140437980 | 880 pages | 01 Aug 2000 | Penguin Classics | 5.27 x 7.59in | 18 - AND UP
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Before his spectacular career as General of the Union forces, William Tecumseh Sherman experienced decades of failure and depression. Drifting between the Old South and new West, Sherman witnessed firsthand many of the critical events of early nineteenth-century America: the Mexican War, the gold rush, the banking panics, and the battles with the Plains Indians. It wasn't until his victory at Shiloh, in 1862, that Sherman assumed his legendary place in American history. After Shiloh, Sherman sacked Atlanta and proceeded to burn a trail of destruction that split the Confederacy and ended the war. His strategy forever changed the nature of warfare and earned him eternal infamy throughout the South.

Sherman's Memoirs evoke the uncompromising and deeply complex general as well as the turbulent times that transformed America into a world power. This Penguin Classics edition includes a fascinating introduction and notes by Sherman biographer Michael Fellman.

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I. From 1820 to the Mexican War, 1846
II. Early Recollections of California––1846–1848
III. Early Recollections of California––(Continued)––1849–1850
IV. Missouri, Louisiana, and California––1850–1855
V. California––1855–1857
VI. California, New York, and Kansas––1857–1859
VII. Louisiana––1859–1861
VIII. Missouri––April and May, 1861
IX. From the Battle of Bull Run to Paducah––Kentucky and Missouri––1861–1862
X. Battle of Shiloh––March and April, 1862
XI. Shiloh to Memphis––April to July, 1862
XII. Memphis to Arkansas Post––July, 1862, to January, 1863
XIII. Vicksburg––January to July, 1863
XIV. Chattanooga and Knoxville––July to December, 1863
XV. Meridian Campaign––January and February, 1864


XVI. Atlanta Campaign––Nashville and Chattanooga to Kenesaw––March, April, and May, 1964
XVII. Atlanta Campaign––Battles about Kenesaw Mountain––June, 1864
XVIII. Atlanta Campaign––Battles about Atlanta––July, 1864
XIX. Capture of Atlanta––August and September, 1864
XX. Atlanta and After––Pursuit of Hood––September and October, 1864
XXI. The March to the Sea––From Atlanta to Savannah––November and December, 1864
XXII. Savannah and Pocotaligo––December, 1864, and January, 1865
XXIII. Campaign of the Carolinas––February and March, 1865
XXIV. End of the War––From Goldsboro' to Raleigh and Washington––April and May, 1865
XXV. Conclusion––Military Lessons of the War
XXVI. After the War

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