Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman

General Sherman and General Ulysses S. Grant were the two most successful military leaders on the Union side in the American Civil War. Sherman published the first edition of his memoirs in 1875, ten years after the war ended. He published a second edition in 1885, after he retired from the Army at the age of 64.

I don’t recommend this book, since it’s 800 pages long and Sherman spends an amazing amount of time detailing the minutiae of his military career. But I found it worth reading anyway. He was an interesting man with strong opinions. If you read this book, you’ll better understand how the Union army defeated the Confederates. For example, I never realized how important railroads and support from the navy were to the success of his campaign in the South, and how much effort went into supplying food for an army of 80,000 men.

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