Grant and Sherman: The Friendship that Won the Civil War

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Macmillan, 2005 - 460 páginas
"We were as brothers," William Tecumseh Sherman said, describing his relationship to Ulysses S. Grant. They were incontestably two of the most important figures in the Civil War, but until now there has been no book about their victorious partnership and the deep friendship that made it possible.
They were prewar failures--Grant, forced to resign from the Regular Army because of his drinking, and Sherman, who held four different jobs, including a beloved position at a military academy in the South, during the four years before the Confederates fired on Fort Sumter. But heeding the call to save the Union each struggled past political hurdles to join the war effort. And taking each other's measure at the Battle of Shiloh, ten months into the war, they began their unique collaboration. Often together under fire on the war's great battlefields, they smoked cigars as they gave orders and learned from their mistakes as well as from their shrewd decisions. They shared the demands of family life and the heartache of loss, including the tragic death of Shermans's favorite son. They supported each other in the face of mudslinging criticism by the press and politicians. Their growing mutual admiration and trust, which President Lincoln increasingly relied upon, would set the stage for the crucial final year of the war. While Grant battled with Lee in the campaigns that ended at Appomattox Court House, Sherman first marched through Georgia to Atlanta, and then continued with his epic March to the Sea. Not only did Grant and Sherman come to think alike, but, even though their headquarters at that time were hundreds of miles apart, they were in virtually daily communication strategizing the final moves of the war and planning how to win the peace that would follow.
Moving and elegantly written, Grant and Sherman is an historical page turner: a gripping portrait of two men, whose friendship, forged on the battlefield, would win the Civil War.
 

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Very interesting description of the friendship between Grant and Sherman during the Civil War, and their key roles in winning the war. Charles Bracelen Flood has attempted to explore this unique ... Leer comentario completo

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Very interesting description of the friendship between Grant and Sherman during the Civil War, and their key roles in winning the war. Also covered are their common backgrounds as West Point graduates ... Leer comentario completo

Contenido

PROLOGUE
3
TWO FAILED MEN WITH GREAT POTENTIAL
7
GRANT AWAKENS
38
SHERMAN GOES IN
50
GRANT MOVES FORWARD WITH SHERMAN IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
80
THE BOND FORGED AT SHILOH
90
POLITICAL PROBLEMS MILITARY CHALLENGES THE VICKSBURG CAMPAIGN DEVELOPS
130
THE SIEGE OF VICKSBURG
160
GRANT SHERMAN AND ABRAHAM LINCOLN HOLD A COUNCIL OF WARAND PEACE
292
I NOW FEEL LIKE ENDING THE MATTER GRANTS FINAL OFFENSIVE
303
THE DAYS AFTER APPOMATTOX JOY AND GRIEF
312
SHERMAN IN TROUBLE
335
GRANT SHERMAN AND THE RADICALS
356
A PARADE FOR EVERYONE AND A HEARING FOR SHERMAN
365
THE PAST AND FUTURE MARCH UP PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE
377
LEnvoi
398

PAIN AND PLEASURE ON THE LONG ROAD TO CHATTANOOGA AND MISSIONARY RIDGE
190
CONFUSION AT CHATTANOOGA
209
GRANT AND SHERMAN BEGIN TO DEVELOP THE WINNING STRATEGY
230
SHERMAN SAVES LINCOLNS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
246
PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT PERSONAL FRIENDSHIP SAVANNAH FOR CHRISTMAS
261
THE MARCH THROUGH THE CAROLINAS AND AN ADDITIONAL TEST OF FRIENDSHIP
281
NOTES
401
BIBLIOGRAPHY
427
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
435
INDEX
443
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Charles Bracelen Flood is the author of "Lee: The Last Years; Hitler: The Path to Power"; and "Rise, and Fight Again: Perilous Times Along the Road to Independence", winner of an American Revolution Round Table Award. He lives with his wife on a farm in Richmond, Kentucky.

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