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Tributions to the Transcontinental Railroad and his tempestuous family relationships 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 moderately successful career in banking and engineering I had no idea that his wife was actually his foster sister whose family took him in after his father passed away And it wasn t until that fateful joining of him and US Grant in the Civil War that made him the legend he is today A great man can get people to follow him through hell and back without uestion and he did this He took uneducated undisciplined and often unwilling men and turned them into first rate soldiers who became a formidable fighting machine in the war The chapter called The March was one of my favorites in the book Taking the men from Atlanta up into North Carolina and inevitably to the end of the war They won every battle unflinchingly never went hungry and always out numbered the enemy they encountered along the way His men were willing to die for him under any circumstances There was one difference in him and other generals aside from his brilliance in strategic thinking and planning and almost photographic memory of terrain and that was his caring about the welfare of his men He never recklessly put them in harm s way and always thought of the conseuences of any commands he gave After the war ended these men including Sherman would reunite every year faithfully Always their Uncle Billy to the day they died I had also forgotten what a significant part he played in building and completing the Transcontinental railroad Which without uestion changed the course of America He was truly a complex figure in our history I m very glad I had the opportunity to read this account from Robert O Connell The New-York Review, and Atheneum Magazine, Vol. 2 pre military career days I found it fascinating that he had a varied and moderately successful career in banking and engineering I had no idea that his wife was actually his foster sister whose family took him in after his father Mon patron voulait que je tape les seins nus passed away And it wasn t until that fateful joining of him and US Grant in the Civil War that made him the legend he is today A great man can get His Christmas Cowgirl (Wildflower Ranch people to follow him through hell and back without uestion and he did this He took uneducated undisciplined and often unwilling men and turned them into first rate soldiers who became a formidable fighting machine in the war The chapter called The March was one of my favorites in the book Taking the men from Atlanta up into North Carolina and inevitably to the end of the war They won every battle unflinchingly never went hungry and always out numbered the enemy they encountered along the way His men were willing to die for him under any circumstances There was one difference in him and other generals aside from his brilliance in strategic thinking and The Doctors Dating Bargain planning and almost The Collection photographic memory of terrain and that was his caring about the welfare of his men He never recklessly Whispers of Feathers put them in harm s way and always thought of the conseuences of any commands he gave After the war ended these men including Sherman would reunite every year faithfully Always their Uncle Billy to the day they died I had also forgotten what a significant Mount série tome 3 - L'empire du mal part he Entrepreneurial Vernacular played in building and completing the Transcontinental railroad Which without uestion changed the course of America He was truly a complex figure in our history I m very glad I had the opportunity to read this account from Robert O Connell

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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 Thanks to Goodreads and Random House for the advance copy This one comes out July 1st 2014 and I highly recommend More than a biography Fierce Patriot is an historical account with a leading man William T Sherman Instead of an exhaustive life story from beginning to end O Connell decides to dissect Sherman into sections Part 1 The Military Strategist An outline of the strategy he used to terrorize and whip the South back into the Union Part 2 The General and His Army How Sherman interacted with his army Part 3 The Man and His Families The role his family played on his life and how he overcame the shadow of being adopted and marrying his adopted sister Ellen Not as scandalous as you might thinkA majority of the book outlines his role as a military strategist I ve never read much about the Civil War so Sherman s perspective was fascinating to me If you re a Civil War buff perhaps there s details in Sherman s own autobiography Memoirs of General WT Sherman or the thousands upon thousands of books written about this time period O Connell sums up the importance of Sherman s strategic leadership in the war in particular his infamous March on the South Like Napoleon he dominated the script of war and not just through sheer volume He matched Grant even surpassed him in his capacity for the memorable phrase the strategic one line once again critical in operations since you want subordinates to remember what you told them to do But it also welded him to his men who reveled in his rhetoric and traded aphorisms across their solider network until they all believed they knew him I also found the second section about him and his boys interesting Sherman or Uncle Billy as he was affectionately known was loyal to his soldiers to the end even attending countless reunions weddings and ceremonies for his soldiers He treated them all eually despite rank and did everything he could to prevent senseless death He was known to retreat when victory was impossible which was not an approach shared by others on both sides of the war The last section though much shorter sort of fizzled for me Sherman was somewhat against religion but his wife was a devout Catholic and raised the children this way Sherman was obviously gone from the home for much of time especially during the war so this gave Ellen s Catholic influence the upper hand One of his beloved sons actually became a priest to Sherman s horror I think much of this section could ve been welded into the other sections and may have even given a bit of reprieve from some of the boring aspects of regiment life Remarkably some of the best writing O Connell provides is in the Author s Notes at the end Here s what he says about history Never a historically minded people Americans seem even less interested in the past these days Meanwhile it remains unclear what history can do whom it should serve what it should be Academics continue to doggedly address these issues but in the process they produce much that is unreadable Popular history is easier to consume but varies wildly in uality the genre is largely the province of journalists who often lack the background to see deep trends and long term causation The path forward remains cluttered with uestion marks I agree and that s why books like this are so important We can t avoid conflict and war unless we know what it means and does We have lots of examples at our fingertips so there should be no excuses as to why we don t avoid it at all cost

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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


10 thoughts on “Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman

  1. says:

    ”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 Sh

  2. says:

    “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

  3. says:

    Thanks to Goodreads and Random House for the advance copy This one comes out July 1st 2014 and I highly recommend More than a biography Fierce Patriot is an historical account with a leading man William T Sherman Instead of an exhaustive life story from beginning to end O’Connell decides to dissect Sherman into sections Part 1 The Military Strategist – An outline of the strategy he used to terrorize and w

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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 because its results would be too cumbersome Instead the author has produced a fascinating book that consists of three parts that add up to a biography but is organized in a rather confusing

  6. says:

    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 ar

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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 marched on to the next stop of what O’Connell aptly calls the 'roadshow' of emancipation Sherman’s culminating performance was the Grand Review of the returning armies May 23 and 24 1865 Two hundred thousand troops paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue past the boxed dignitaries of Washington and sev

  8. says:

    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 greatest faces in American history Who but a Southerner a Tea Party nut or a pacifist could fail to see the beauty of itCounter to the image of these steel eyes that seem to look directly into the terror of this nation's dilemma I am very surprised to hear that when this redhead spoke he cou

  9. says:

    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 h

  10. says:

    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 complex character living in a very complex time but historical biographers have been revealing such

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