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The White Tecumseh: A Biography of General William T. Sherman

ISBN: 978-0-471-28329-4
496 pages
September 1998
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"Extraordinarily readable." --Paul D. Casdorph, author of Jackson and Lee

Best remembered as the man who burned Atlanta and marched his army to the sea, cutting a swath of destruction through Georgia, William Tecumseh Sherman remains one of the most vital figures in Civil War annals. In The White Tecumseh, Stanley Hirshson has crafted a beautiful and rigorous work of scholarship, the only life of Sherman to draw on regimental histories and testimonies by the general's own men. What emerges is a landmark portrait of a brilliant but tormented soul, haunted by a family legacy of mental illness and relentlessly driven to realize a powerful military ambition.

"Sympathetic yet excellent . . . insight into how Sherman's own troops felt about him and his relationships with fellow generals, especially Grant. . . . Highly recommended." --Library Journal
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Table of Contents

Of Raymonds and Streets, Hoyts and Shermans.

Beside the Still Waters.

"I Regret I Ever Left the Army."

A Yankee in Rebeldom.

The Insanity of the South--and of Uncle Charles.


The Same Game as at Bull Run.

Bad Day at Chickasaw.

Vicksburg and Sherman's First March.

Willy, Chattanooga, and Knoxville.

Commander of the Armies.

"We Must Kill Those Three Hundred Thousand."

"A Scene I Pray My Eyes May Never See Again."

"Gone to Join Willy."

The Carolinas.

"I Will Take a Regiment of My Old Division and Clear Them All Out."

"Whatever We Do Here Causes Death."

At War With Grant.

Of Lizzie and Tom.

Extreme Unction.

Sherman: A Brief Assessment.



Manuscripts Cited.

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Author Information

STANLEY P. HIRSHSON is Professor of History at Queens College, City University of New York, and the author of Farewell to the Bloody Shirt: Northern Republicans and the Southern Negro, 1877-1893. He lives in Closter, New Jersey.
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