Tag Archives: William T. Sherman

Sherman in the Days Before Disunion

As the dark clouds of war gathered in early 1860, William Tecumseh Sherman’s career took yet another turn. He was called by old army friends like Braxton Bragg and P.G.T. Beauregard to become superintendent of the Louisiana Seminary of Learning … Continue reading

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George Disney Atop Rocky Face Ridge

“I don’t think I can do this.” My voice, tense with anxiety, barely reached my husband who had already set out on the trail, leaving me in the church parking lot at the bottom of the mountain. I looked back … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Scourge of War: The Life of William Tecumseh Sherman

The Scourge of War: The Life of William Tecumseh Sherman By Brian Holden Reid Oxford University Press, 2020 $34.95 Reviewed by Derek D. Maxfield There is no shortage of biographies of William Tecumseh Sherman. Although Civil War studies are seemingly … Continue reading

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William Sherman Sneak Peek

Want a sneak peek at another upcoming title in the Emerging Civil War Series….?

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A Bold Scheme and a Mysterious Coincidence in the Final Days of the Vicksburg Campaign

By July 15, 1863, Gen. Joe Johnston’s “Army of Relief” suddenly found itself in need of relief of its own. Johnston’s impotent posturing during most of the Vicksburg Campaign had done little to alleviate Confederate misfortunes inside the besieged city, … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: An Immigrant Defender of Black Freedom

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and no American military conflict was more impacted by immigrants than the American Civil War. Roughly a quarter of the United States forces … Continue reading

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“Sublime but Dismal Grandeur”: The Battle of Jackson, Mississippi

“There are some slight errors in history in regard to the capture of Jackson, which I will take opportunity to correct,” declared Samuel C. Miles, a veteran of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry, in a 1893 letter to the National Tribune. … Continue reading

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The Post-Shiloh Musings of General Sherman

There is little doubt that the Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862, changed not only the nature of the American Civil War, but also the trajectory of William Tecumseh Sherman’s career.  Going into the battle Sherman was working diligently to … Continue reading

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Sherman’s Prescience on Hooker

I came across a letter the other day from “Uncle Billy” Sherman to his wife, written on this date in 1863. Grant was preparing for his move across the Mississippi for what would become his overland campaign against Vicksburg, but … Continue reading

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Stephen Hurlbut and the Quest for Redemption

Few Civil War generals and politicians had an odder career than Stephen Hurlbut. He was born in South Carolina to Yankee parents, but fled north becoming a political power broker in Illinois. As a politician he was mostly a back … Continue reading

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