By Robert L. O'Connell
William Tecumseh Sherman was once greater than only one of our best generals. Fierce Patriot is a daring, revisionist portrait of ways this iconic and enigmatic determine exerted an outsize impression at the American landscape--and the yank character.
America's first "celebrity" common, William Tecumseh Sherman was once a guy of many faces. a few of them have been exalted within the public eye. Others have been recognized basically to intimates--his relatives, buddies and enthusiasts, and the warriors less than his command. during this wealthy and layered portrait, Robert L. O'Connell captures the fellow in complete for the 1st time. From his early exploits in Florida, to his position in California initially of the Gold Rush, via his marvelous yet tempestuous generalship throughout the Civil warfare, and to his postwar profession as a key participant within the construction of the transcontinental railroad, Sherman was once, as O'Connell places it, the "human embodiment of occur Destiny."
Here is Sherman the army strategist of genius, a grasp of logistics whose uncanny seize of terrain and significant feel of timing continuously appeared to land him within the correct position on the so much opportune moments. O'Connell exhibits how Sherman's construction of an agile, improvisational scuffling with force--the military of the West--helped flip the tide of the Civil struggle and laid the root for contemporary U.S. flooring forces. Then there's "Uncle Billy," Sherman's public character, a charismatic hero to his troops and quotable catnip to the newspaper writers of his day.
Here, too, is the personal Sherman. He was once born into one powerhouse family--his grandfather signed the announcement of Independence--and used to be followed into one other. His foster father, Thomas Ewing, was once an influential baby-kisser and cupboard member who helped supply key possibilities for Sherman all through his occupation. yet Sherman's fraught courting with Ewing, coupled together with his urge for food for ladies, events, and the excessive lifetime of the hot York theater, definitely advanced his already turbulent marriage to his foster sister Ellen, a courting O'Connell likens to a mixture of "gunpowder and gasoline"--altogether a relatives triangle that would have sprung from the pages of a Victorian novel.
As he peels away the layers of the Sherman personality, O'Connell dispels a few universal misperceptions approximately his topic. He sheds new gentle on Sherman's courting with Ulysses S. supply, and likewise on his fight opposed to Nathan Bedford Forrest and the insurgency that used to be the opposite 1/2 the Civil warfare alongside the Mississippi. Later he unearths Sherman's fabled march from Atlanta to the ocean now not as a crusade of unmitigated destruction, because it is usually portrayed, however the cautious execution of an important piece of approach calculated to scare the South again into the Union. O'Connell's Sherman isn't any Attila, yet a sophisticated soldier/statesman--perhaps the critical nineteenth-century American.
Warrior, relatives guy, American icon, William Tecumseh Sherman has eventually came across a biographer precious of his protean presents. A masterful personality research whose myriad insights are leavened with its author's trademark wit, Fierce Patriot will stand because the crucial publication on Sherman for many years to come.
Praise for Fierce Patriot
"Robert O'Connell's Fierce Patriot is a sharply drawn and propulsive march in the course of the tortured psyche of the fellow recognized to his military as 'Uncle Billy'--a guy on a lifelong march of his personal, to not Atlanta or the ocean yet to his personal independence."--The Wall road Journal