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The U.S. Civil War Generals
This page: Sheridan - Sherman - Pickett
See also: Alexander - Longstreet - Hill - Custer - Grant - Lee

A vigorous biography of the pugnacious Civil War general and Indian fighter, affectionately called ``Little Phil'' -- behind his back.   The Union cavalry leader who rallied his seemingly routed Army of the Shenandoah with an electrifying ride back to the front at the Battle of Cedar Creek, Sheridan emerges as supremely competent if not always likeable.   Unlike his superiors Grant and Sherman, Sheridan served in uniform without interruption for his entire adult life, rising from lowly origins as the son of an indigent Irish-Catholic immigrant to become commander of America's army.   Gruff, combative, at times ruthless, he was, Morris explains, uncomfortable in postwar roles as military supervisor of Texas and Louisiana and as the politically incorrect destroyer of Western tribes (though his oft-quoted ``the only good Indian is a dead Indian'' may be apocryphal).   Nor was he perfect in battle, as evidenced in lapses at Perryville and Chickamauga and in dragging his heels in destroying Lee's army after the Shenandoah campaign. Yet, unlike his subordinate, the dashing but foolhardy George Armstrong Custer, Sheridan, Morris demonstrates, was as deliberate and careful as he was brave.   A master of detail since his days as a teenaged stock clerk and young quartermaster, he ensured that he led a force that was well supplied, effectively outnumbering and concentrated against the enemy, and thoroughly briefed by scouts and spies.   His self-confident battlefield magnetism appealed both to the common soldier and to mentors such as Grant and Lincoln's chief of staff Henry Halleck. A pungent, authoritative, and convincing portrait of the bantam cadet who became one of the Civil War's giants. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Personal Memoirs of P.H. Sheridan: General United States Army
Philip Henry Sheridan, Jeffry D. Wert  Paperback (1992)

General William Sherman

Memoirs of General William T. Sherman
by William T. Sherman, William S. McFeely  Paperback (1988)

Indirection in strategy decides Civil War.    The details of battles from Vicksburg to Savannah provides the reader with a case study beyond the brutal details that often get associated with Sherman.    The history of Sherman's boyhood does bog the story in the beginning and doesn't answer how he developed his strategy for cutting across the south.   It is possible that the swamps and rivers, along with the strength of the Southern army... might have been the determining factors in Sherman's indirect approach to reaching the sea.

Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman
by William Tecumseh Sherman, Charles Royster
Hardcover (1990)

Sherman is the most controversial general of the American Civil War.    Written with the energetic confidence that marked his later campaigns, his Memoirs provides both a vivid first hand account of crucial events of the Civil War and a unique record of the emergence of its most innovative strategist.



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An intensive (and intense) narrative reconstruction of the events of about 15 hours on July 3, 1863, the pivotal hours of the climactic battle of the Civil War.
Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Extremely detailed, excellently told.    Having been a Civil W buff for years, and having read many of the more common titles dealing with Gettysburg in particular I found this to be the most detailed book I have read.   Opinions are expressed, and backed with explanations, yet never placing blame.   After having read this book, if you had been there, even knowing what you do today and that the charge was going to be a tragic failure, agreeing with Longstreet that, "no 15,000 men ever lived could break that line", you would still have giving the orders to make the charge.

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Three Months in the Southern State: April-June, 1863
by Arthur James Lyon Fremantle
Paperback (1991)

A wonderful different perspective on the Civil War.    Arthur Fremantle was a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army.   He took leave to tour the South during the three months up to the Battle of Gettysburg.    This book is his diary, edited and published in England after he returned.    He experienced many hardships initially but was essentially uncomplaining.    He was very congenial with the southerners and was allowed to go many places and talk to many people, high and low, including Robert E. Lee and Jeff Davis.  His views are insightful and as dispassionate as an Englishman of the time could be.    He eventually rose to be chief of the British Army.   This is a must for all Civil War buffs.

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