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    ”He stood by me when I was crazy and I stood by him when he was drunk; now sir we stand by each other always” William Tecumseh Sherman on his relationship with Ulysses S Grant William Tecumseh ShermanThe importance of second in commands became very apparent to me while reading this book If you think back to Alexander the Great and the

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    “Not unexpectedly Sherman’s final destination was St LouisHe was buried next to Ellen and Willy in Calvary Cemetery a permanent resident at last But he was America’s He played a significant role in defining us – dimensionally in the nature and spirit of our fighting forces and our ethos or at least the celebrity version of it Historically he was one of the ingredients for what we became A continent fo

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    Thanks to Goodreads and Random House for the advance copy This one comes out July 1st 2014 and I highly recomme

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    This is a good book for those who like me before reading it know only a few facts about William Tecumseh Sherman Robert O’Connell gives a good outline of his highly eventful life showing him to be a military man through and through He likes people theater the Union and winning He has a great sense of geography which enhances hi

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    According to Robert L O’Connell in his new book AMERICAN PATRIOT THE TANGLED LIVES OF WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN the life of the Civil War hero should not be portrayed in the traditional fashion by preparing a chronological narrative

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    I pre ordered this book the moment I saw it on and began reading with great anticipation the day it arrived Sherman is long overdue for a full length biography and I hoped this would be it So I wish I could write that FIERCE PATRIOT THE TANGLED LIVES OF WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN by Robert L O’Connell met my expectations It did not Those expectations were tempered even before I started reading When the book arrived the first thin

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    In the morning Sherman imposed full discipline rounded up his stragglers issued one hundred rifles to such civil authorities as remained and mar

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    First of all put aside the legends that have accrued to the name The March to the Sea the War is all hell uote the man simply has one of the

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    I enjoyed reading this book very much I'm not one for military biographies in general My husband is very knowledgeable in the Civil War and Napoleonic history and was uite surprised to find me reading this book Sherman was obviously one of our country's greatest generals This I knew before reading the book However where O'Connell drew me in was in his early pre military career days I found it fascinating that he had a varied and

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    I found the book superficial oddly segmented and full of statements that are not supported in the text O'Connell either gave up trying to write a perspicacious biography about Sherman or perhaps was not up to the task Yes Sherman was a very c

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Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman

A profile of the iconic Civil War general explores the paradoxes attributed to his c. He stood by me when I was crazy and I stood by him when he was drunk now sir we stand by each other always William Tecumseh Sherman on his relationship with Ulysses S Grant William Tecumseh ShermanThe importance of second in commands became very apparent to me while reading this book If you think back to Alexander the Great and the close relationship he had with his friendconfidantlover Hephaestion he was never the same after Hephaestion s death Robert E Lee struggled after the death of Stonewall Jackson Jackson was a facilitator who didn t uestion Lee but merely did his best to give him what he wanted At Gettysburg Lee missed Jackson but actually James Longstreet one of my favorite brooding generals of the Confederacy gave Lee valuable advice but it wasn t what Lee wanted from him He wanted him to be like Jackson The relationship between Longstreet and Lee could never be the same as the blind loyalty inspired by the Lee and Jackson s friendship If Grant had not had Sherman the war could have gone on for considerably longer I could make the case that if Sherman had been incapacitated maybe a Philip Sheridan could have stepped up and made that famous March to the Sea but would the same trust have existed Would Sheridan have been able to burn Atlanta or make the decision to destroy as much of South Carolina as he could lay a torch to Sherman and Grant were both flawed human beings and each recognized those flaws in the other This shared weakness formed a bond of trust which allowed Grant to feel comfortable letting Sherman have lots of loose rope to play with Interestingly enough when Sherman was given his own command with absolute power in the West he was nearly incapacitated by crushing self doubts and depression He discovered that he worked best as a general with enough power to realize his strategies but with the strain buffered by someone above him with ultimate control and responsibility The Peacemakers 1868 by George P A Healy with Sherman Grant Lincoln and Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter Notice who is talking Sherman was known for being a motor mouth Grant and Sherman were both fortunate that Abraham Lincoln a man well documented for suffering from melancholy verging on madness was the man making the decisions about who was in command Lincoln trusted their flawed natures than probably any other president would have had the foresight to do so It is almost impossible to talk about Grant without talking about Sherman or talking about Sherman without talking about Grant Their ascensions were woven together like braided rope Ulysses S GrantThe duo made mistakes when they were fighting out West but they learned from them When Lincoln lost patience with his generals in the East it only made sense that he would go out West and bring those generals who were having success to the main event in the East It took a special man to put thousands of men through a meat grinder and Grant turned out to be the right man for the job As Sherman made his March to the Sea he avoided large skirmishes and became concerned about his boys living to see their families again He was a fiery man who may have been hated when he first took command but it didn t take long for his soldiers to learn to love him Sherman had this amazing gift for remembering vast stretches of terrain that was made possible by his photographic memory Sherman was a prodigy of geography During the Civil War no matter how befuddled the swamp or forest or mountain range if Sherman had been there he remembered it exactly And since he had seen so much of the South he became a kind of human geolocation system It was an awesome military talent but at the time he was developing it it was nearly invisible to those around him It may not have even struck Sherman as that unusual it was simply something he did and assumed others shared Could another general have been as effective making his way through the Southern terrain as Sherman He made sure that foragers or bummers as they liked to call themselves understood that they weren t there to line up the population and shoot them or conduct mass rapes He stressed to his men that these were Americans Burn their houses take their food but do not kill them unless you have to Part of how he insured that the men followed his instructions was to make sure there were plenty of officers overseeing the pillaging This was commendable The South still sees his March as one of the most vilifying moments of the war which is perfectly understandable but another general might have let his soldiers loose and the destruction might have been far insidious in nature After the war Sherman was tasked with extending the railway lines West Railway lines bisecting the United States from the East Coast to the West Coast would be the final nail in the coffin of the American Indian Sherman was instrumental in the destruction of the buffalo herds as a means to take away the indigenous population s ability to feed themselves It was most effective He shattered the South bulldozed the Indians and reduced the buffalo to scrap When I put all of these factors together it is hard to think of a man who had a bigger impact on the 19th century in America or to consider anyone who was directly responsible for so much destruction I had no idea Robert L O Connell does a wonderful job not only bringing Sherman to life for me but also revealing his tempestuous relationship with his wife Ellen He had grown up with her in the Thomas Ewing household so he literarily knew her for his entire life She was a stringent Catholic and he was ambivalent at best about religion This caused much stress in their relationship as she wanted her children raised and taught in the best Catholic schools and he wanted them to have a secular upbringing He lost those battles as he did most of his disagreements with Ellen The shadow of her powerful father a man who served in than one cabinet position for the federal government had a hugely adverse impact on their relationship Her allegiance was always to her father first and her husband second until Sherman rose to prominence after the war and became a revered person in America than her father It was an interesting backstory to see how their at times tormenting relationship impacted Sherman in various ways as he tried to make his way through war and life Despite all that he loved her and certainly they had an amorous relationship whenever they were in close enough proximity to one another corroborated by the arrival of eight children Vinnie Ream the talented woman with the tresses and distressesLater in his life there was a woman by the name of Vinnie Ream a talented sculptor who Sherman talked of Toying with your long tresses and comforting your imaginary distresses I won t say about that You will have to read the book to find out the salacious details Certainly he was a flawed man and a ruthless man willing to do what it takes to end the Civil War or end the war with the American Indians Where you live probably determines a lot of how you feel about Sherman I will say O Connell revealed a man to me that was much different than the man I thought I knew As politics splits this country down the middle with the South becoming redder and New England becoming bluer I can t help but have the feeling that we ve seen this all before If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at The Go Programming Language of the iconic Civil War general explores the paradoxes attributed to his c. 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Haracter to discuss such topics as his achievements as a military strategist his con. I pre ordered this book the moment I saw it on and began reading with great anticipation the day it arrived Sherman is long overdue for a full length biography and I hoped this would be it So I wish I could write that FIERCE PATRIOT THE TANGLED LIVES OF WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN by Robert L O Connell met my expectations It did not Those expectations were tempered even before I started reading When the book arrived the first thing I noticed is how short it is Mr O Connell explains in the introduction what wealth of primary sources he had to work with in choosing Sherman as his subject yet he managed to produce a book of only 404 pages 354 without the notes Obviously this was not a serious biography but I still managed to keep my expectations highThose wobbly expectations toppled over almost completely while reading the Introduction Mr O Connell admits in the introduction that not only did he not read all the primary sources dealing directly to Sherman he did not even read all of Sherman s writings He writes So you plod on until finally you come to understand you will never get through all of Sherman that you are drowning in Sherman pg xv I found that startling and as a reader a disheartening admission Am I wrong Or should a biographer read if not all of the primary sources at least everything the subject wroteMr Connell then goes on to explain that Sherman is such a complex character that he cannot be dealt with as the subject of a biography traditionally would He writes The I studied the secondary literature and recalled my exhausting swim through the primary documents the I became convinced that any attempt to confine Sherman to a single chronological track was bound to create confusion pg xviii Initially I wondered if this approach demonstrated a lack if faith in the reader or an admission by Mr O Connell that he was not uite up to the task he had brought to hand I have read than a view biographies and do not enjoy those that are written this way Biographies should reveal to the reader the life of the subject in the manner and chronology in which it was lived and experienced Only in the rarest cases is this not possible Sherman is not one of those casesObviously every human being and especially those worthy of a biography are complex than they appear on the surface But the idea that Sherman is so complex that to be understood his life has to be compartmentalized in three separate narratives seemed of an indictment of Mr O Connell as a writer and historian than it did as any meaningful insight in to the life of William T Sherman After all countless authors have written countless biographies of people infinitely complex than Sherman It seemed like O Connell decided early just to schlock it togetherI frankly almost closed the book at that point but resisting that urge I soldiered on It did not improve One of Mr O Connell s theses is that Sherman is one of history s great military strategist I came to this book with a sympathetic view of Sherman and was prepared to agree with this thesis Still I was not convinced by Mr O Connell s arguments His arguments are not well thought out nor are they well supported and at than a few points are best described as sophomoric Two flaws are typical of FIERCE PATRIOT In the section of the book that is supposed to be about Sherman the Strategist Mr O Connell manages to tell the whole story of the Vicksburg Campaign without explaining that Sherman disagreed with the strategy Grant devised and which ultimately led to the fall of Vicksburg That of course doesn t necessarily make Sherman a bad strategist but it would seem relevant to section off the book purporting to show Sherman s development into a brilliant strategist The second deals directly with Mr O Connell s grasp of his subject In writing about the first day at Shiloh he writes It was probably General Benjamin Prentiss who saved the day pg 99 Probably saved the day Without Prentiss reforming his routed troops and their stand in what is called the Hornets Nest the Union definitely loses Shilo not probably but definitely Prentiss and his men eventually had to surrender themselves but not before giving Grant several precious hours to reform the rest of the routed army and prepare a counter attack There is no doubt that the Union forces would have been completely routed and defeated at Shiloh without Prentiss s defense of the Hornets Nest there really is no probably about it Grant and Sherman readily acknowledge this fact and I have never heard or read any historian argue otherwise Mr O Connell did make one argument that I found persuasive and that is that Sherman knew and understood that he was better as chief subordinate than in command Unlike most civil war generals Sherman did not seek or want an independent command or to be as we might say today in the center chair The fact that he realized a subordinate role better suited his temperament and skill set is remarkable and Mr O Connell does a good job of arguing and supporting his argument I wanted to like and recommend FIERCE PATRIOT but found I could not it is simply too superficial and sprinkled throughout with under supported and flawed historical judgements

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  • Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman
  • Robert L. OConnell
  • English
  • 05 July 2019
  • 9781400069729

About the Author: Robert L. OConnell

Robert L O’Connell was educated at Colgate University and the University of Virginia where he received a PhD in history He worked for three decades in the US Intelligence Community before becoming a Visiting Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California He has two grown children and lives with his wife in Charlottesville VirginiaHe is the author of six published hist