Tag Archives: William T. Sherman

Sherman and Thomas outside Atlanta

Driving through farm country in Western New York recently, I drove past a scene that harkened me back to a similar scene during the Civil War. There was a farm stand and two men walking together and talking quite intently … Continue reading

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Ulysses S. Grant: Clausewitz’s Military Genius

ECW welcomes back guest author Nathan Provost The term “military genius” is often a label for an officer with high intelligence or the successful application of military theory in warfare. All too often, academic and public historians cite Grant as … Continue reading

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C’mon, Cump!

In his recent, admiring biography of William Tecumseh Sherman, Brian Holden Reid terms him a “dazzling literary stylist.” Well, watch out for that razzle-dazzle, at least in Sherman’s Memoirs (1875). I am not the first to notice that in his … Continue reading

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Please—no more Jonesboropia!

In my new book, Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta: John Bell Hood (Mercer University Press, December 2019), I coin a word, Jonesboropia, to refer to the persistent myth that the battle of Jonesboro, fought south of Atlanta on … Continue reading

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The Second Seminole War as a Civil War Training Ground

In the popular narrative of the coming of the Civil War, the U.S.-Mexico War is often identified as the military crucible through which many of the war’s most famous battlefield leaders first passed—gaining lessons in leadership and combat operations under … Continue reading

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Sacred Duty – Sherman Honors Thomas E.G. Ransom

In June of 1884, General William T. Sherman stood before the members of St. Louis’ newest Grand Army of the Republic post. Just having retired from the U.S. Army and residing in the Gateway City, Sherman “was invited by several … Continue reading

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Logan’s Attack at Resaca

The battle of Resaca was, numbers wise, the largest battle fought in the state of Georgia, with 158,787 men engaged on both sides. Fought on this date in 1864, Resaca was also the first major battle of the Atlanta Campaign. … Continue reading

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On The March with E. L. Doctorow

Take a look for a moment at the opening sentence of E. L. Doctorow’s The March: At five in the morning, someone banging on the door and shouting, her husband, John, leaping out of bed, grabbing his rifle, and Roscoe … Continue reading

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Chasing Uncle Billy: Breaching the Line of the Salkahatchie River (part two)

(part two of two) On February 1, 1865, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s might army crossed into South Carolina and began moving north. He kept his two wings separated for a variety of reasons: to confuse the Confederates as to … Continue reading

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Chasing Uncle Billy: Breaching the Line of the Salkahatchie River (part one)

(part one of two) My friend and co-author Wade Sokolosky and I just spent the last three days chasing William T. Sherman’s march through South Carolina and part of North Carolina. Along the way, we both saw things we had … Continue reading

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