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    ”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

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    “Not unexpectedly Sherman’s final destination was St LouisHe was buried next to Ellen and Willy in Calvary Cemetery a permanent resident at last But he was America’s He played a significant role in defining us – dime

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    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 o

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    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 fir

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    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 chronological narrative because its results would be too cumbersome Instead the author has produced a fascinating book that consists of three parts that add up to a biography but is organized in a rather confusing manner What the aut

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    I pre ordered this book the moment I saw it on and began reading with great anticipation the day it arrived Sherman is lon

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    In the morning Sherman imposed full discipline rounded up his stragglers issued one hundred rifles to such civil

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    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 see the beauty of it?Counter to the image of these steel eyes that seem to look directly into the terror of this nation's dilemma I am very surprised to hear that when this

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    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 However where O'Connell drew me in was in his early pre military career days I found it fascinating that he had a varied and moderatel

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    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 Sherman was a very complex character living in a very complex time but historical biographers have been revealing such characters for years for example Adrian Goldsworthy's Caesar Life of a Colossus How can a bi

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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

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A profile of the iconic Civil War general explores the paradoxes attributed to his c. Not unexpectedly Sherman s final destination was St LouisHe was buried next to Ellen and Willy in Calvary Cemetery a permanent resident at last But he was America s He played a significant role in defining us dimensionally in the nature and spirit of our fighting forces and our ethos or at least the celebrity version of it Historically he was one of the ingredients for what we became A continent for the taking brought forth people like Sherman and they in turn produced us Their energy ambition optimism and pragmatism serves to explain our own but so does their self righteousness and proclivity for violence from Robert L O Connell s Fierce Patriot The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh ShermanThe day we buried my brother in law in St Louis s Calvary Cemetery exists not so much as a linear memory than as a series of impressions Mostly I recall the heat the suffocating heat It was June and thus hot still and humid One thing stands out than the rest It was a conversation I had with one of my wife s cousins Well not really a conversation I stood there while he in uintessential weird cousin fashion told me about all the luminaries buried in Calvary Tennessee Williams Dred Scott William Tecumseh Sherman Strange to say but on that terrible day it was perhaps the sole comfort I had It seemed a good thing to rest among such luminaries I took some solace in that We visited my brother in law s grave this past winter on a blustery day uite unlike the one which saw him buried Afterwards I took Millie and Grace my two oldest girls to find William T Sherman Though Calvary is a large cemetery I did not think this would be difficult Sherman after all was one of America s greatest soldiers Along with Grant and Lincoln he can honestly be said to have done the most to save the Union My assumption was that Sherman would have a resting place akin to the tombs of those two contemporariesTurns out I was wrong After a fruitless search I finally consulted the cemetery map only to discover that I d wandered right past Sherman s burial plot As far as monuments go his is endearingly humble Sherman s headstone has crossed flags and the epitaph Faithful and Honorable There is a separate cross for Ellen his ultra Catholic wife who saw her dreams fulfilled from beyond the grave when a dying Sherman submitted to Catholicism Another tombstone with crossed flags and a drum belongs to thirteen year old Willie Sherman an honorary sergeant with the Thirteenth Regulars who died of typhus after visiting his father An American flag flutters overhead The Sherman plot in Calvary Cemetery St Louis Missouri On the lower right you can see Millie pointing out the grave of 13 year old Willie Sherman the honorary sergeant of the 13th Regulars Of all my children Sherman would later write he seemed the most preciousThere is something to be said about being in the presence of the past I felt a connection to Sherman in this spot than I would have standing in the neoclassical shadow of Grant s New York City tomb or the granite obelisk and bronze bust that bedeck Lincoln s Springfield grave Here was Sherman the prophet of modern war the transcontinentalist the General of the Armies memorialized in the most unassuming manner possible Millie L and Gracie R at the gravestone of William Tecumseh Sherman General USA Shortly after that graveside visit I decided I needed to read something on Sherman I didn t want the typical biography though I ve been there Not too long ago I read John Marszalek s Sherman A Soldier s Passion for Order which ranks among the standard Sherman bios It is thorough and comprehensive and presents a nuanced portrait of Sherman the general and Sherman the man It is also written in a straight down the middle style without any ruffles or flourishes which seems at odds with the subject who had his share of ruffles and flourishes This time around I wanted something idiosyncratic So I chose Robert O Connell s Fierce Patriot The first thing worth mentioning about Fierce Patriot is that it is not anywhere near your typical biography O Connell has eschewed chronology and instead broken Sherman s life into three different lives which comprise the three sections of this 347 page book The first and largest section is devoted to Sherman the military strategist It covers his prewar years in brisk fashion and devotes most of its space to the American Civil War O Connell follows Sherman from a shaky hesitant officer nearing a mental breakdown to a competent wingman to the ascendant US Grant and finally to a superior military commander in his own right as he captures Atlanta marches through Georgia and brings the war to South Carolina The second section is devoted to Sherman s relationship with his soldiers specifically the Army of the West O Connell traces Sherman s evolution from a man who distrusted volunteer soldiers to Uncle Billy the proud father general who spent the rest of his life attending Grand Army of the Republic Reunions The final section covers Sherman s family life specifically his long strained successful marriage to Ellen Ewing Here O Connell delves into the struggle between Sherman and his powerful foster father Thomas Ewing for Ellen s soul O Connell also spends time on Sherman s extracurricular activities such as an alleged affair with sculptor Vinnie Ream The most obvious conseuence of O Connell s approach is that it jumps forwards and backwards through time In the first section you get a pretty sweeping look at Sherman s career in subseuent sections O Connell keeps returning to the places you ve already been for amplification of different topics You cannot completely partition a person s life into discrete events Accordingly certain aspects such as the strains in Sherman s marriage tend to get repeated despite O Connell s attempts to separate the materialMillie lays a flower on the gravestone of Charles Celestine Sherman Sherman s infant son who died of pneumonia aged 6 months At less than 400 pages of text this is a really slim uick read It has nowhere near the amount of information that Marszalek provides This results in some gaps For instance you get only the briefest discussions on Sherman s post Civil War career including his role in the pacification of the western Indian Tribes If you want a full understanding of the whole breadth of Sherman s career this is probably not the place to start What Fierce Patriot does very well is entertain O Connell is a snappy and engaging writer This is a book full of dad jokes and strange metaphors at one point O Connell does an extended bit comparing generalship to surfing and earthy descriptions referring for instance to Ellen s horny letters to Sherman O Connell s purpose isn t to describe every landmark along the timeline Instead he tries to bring Sherman to life He personifies him You get a very real sense while reading Fierce Patriot what it might have been like to be in a room with Sherman William Tecumseh Sherman is an imperfect hero Though named for a famous Indian he infamously wrote about the extermination of the western tribes Though his armies helped destroy slavery he was uite clearly a racist There are times when O Connell can be a bit glib about those imperfections This is especially true with regards to Sherman s views on race which O Connell does not give a serious airing Yet O Connell s ultimate conclusion is amply supported Sherman is a great American filled with all those uintessentially American contradictions He was a ferocious defender of American government though he hated politicians with a passion He courted celebrity though he despised the press as much as he did any enemy He despised abolitionists yet freed people by the thousands and the tens of thousands Sherman s is a life worth exploring from different angles O Connell s is not the last word on this subject As I mentioned above I m not sure it s a great first word either Certainly it achieves something rare a vivid sense that you know what this person is like even though you have never met and never will

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Tributions to the Transcontinental Railroad and his tempestuous family relationships. 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 However where O Connell drew me in was in his early pre military career days I found it fascinating that he had a varied and moderately successful career in banking and engineering I had no idea that his wife was actually his foster sister whose family took him in after his father passed away And it wasn t until that fateful joining of him and US Grant in the Civil War that made him the legend he is today A great man can get people to follow him through hell and back without uestion and he did this He took uneducated undisciplined and often unwilling men and turned them into first rate soldiers who became a formidable fighting machine in the war The chapter called The March was one of my favorites in the book Taking the men from Atlanta up into North Carolina and inevitably to the end of the war They won every battle unflinchingly never went hungry and always out numbered the enemy they encountered along the way His men were willing to die for him under any circumstances There was one difference in him and other generals aside from his brilliance in strategic thinking and planning and almost photographic memory of terrain and that was his caring about the welfare of his men He never recklessly put them in harm s way and always thought of the conseuences of any commands he gave After the war ended these men including Sherman would reunite every year faithfully Always their Uncle Billy to the day they died I had also forgotten what a significant part he played in building and completing the Transcontinental railroad Which without uestion changed the course of America He was truly a complex figure in our history I m very glad I had the opportunity to read this account from Robert O Connell