Also the author of Marching Through Georgia: The Story of Soldiers and Civilians During Sherman's Campaign, Lee Kennett here offers an interpretation of the general's life and career that probes his erratic, contradictory nature. Here we see the making of William T. Sherman as a soldier, from the extraordinary family from which he came to his formative years at West Point and his career before the Civil War. Kennett follows Sherman's conduct at the spirited battles at Bull Run and Shiloh, the siege of Vicksburg, and his Savannah Campaign—the "March to the Sea"—probing the personality of a man dedicated to proving himself through military accomplishments.
"A lively consideration of Sherman's personality and character that is sure to enlighten some readers and provoke others, as well as a thoughtful reconsideration of Sherman's views on a number of issues (including his relationship with Ulysses S. Grant) and his wartime performance."—Library Journal