Review—Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman

Emerging Civil War has a review of Robert L. O’Connell’s book Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman. O’Connell’s book tries to make sense of Sherman live by compartmentalizing it in three different sections: The Military Strategist, The General and His Army, and The Man and His Families. While this structure makes the book somewhat repetitive it helps organize Grant’s somewhat chaotic story. Check out Derek D. Maxfield’s review at Emerging Civil War.

Emerging Civil War

O'Connell-coverToday we are pleased to welcome guest author Derek D. Maxfield with a review of Robert L. O’Connell’s Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman (New York: Random House, 2014).

He is perhaps the most eccentric general of the Civil War. With his red hair, piercing eyes, and fidgety manner, William Tecumseh Sherman has been called a prophet by some and madman by others. But whatever the label, Sherman was one of the reasons the Union was preserved.

The latest brave soul to try to get to know Sherman is Robert L. O’Connell. His new book, Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman, is aptly titled and well done. O’Connell seeks to come to terms with the general topically, instead of the standard chronological approach. The book is divided into three main sections: “The Military Strategist,” “The General and His Army,” and “The Man and His…

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