Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American
B. H. Liddell Hart
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Publish Year note: First published November 30th 1928
When Liddell Hart's Sherman was first published in 1929, it received encomiums such as these:
"A masterly performance . . . one of the most thorougly dignified, one of the most distinguished biographies of the year."-- Henry Steele Commager, New York Herald Tribune
"It is not often that one comes upon a biography that is so well done as this book. Nearly every page bears evidence of the fact that it is the product of painstaking and exhaustive research, mature thought, and an expert understanding of the subject in hand . . ."-- Saturday Review of Literature
Doubtful. For Hardee, in view of his instructions, would have evacuated Savannah at the first sign of danger to his retreat, and was too competent and too well acquainted with the country to misjudge the situation. It was, indeed, the initial landing of a Union brigade on the north bank of the Savannah River which led him to give the order for evacuation. And the chance of any rapid move across his line of retreat was nullified by a fact aptly expressed in the words of Colonel Poe, who knew both:.
Ratio to the strain put upon the opponent's resistance. For even if at the outset successful, it rolls the enemy back in snowball fashion, towards his reserves, supplies and reinforcement. The habitual military argument for thus leading through strength is that if successful it annuls all other factors and by overthrowing the strongest resistance of the enemy ensures the collapse of all other parts of his resistance. In theory it should, but in experience how rarely has such a result been.
Ankle had been badly injured when his horse had fallen on the 4th, and thus ceaseless pain was added to the strain of his unsparing exertions during the two days of battle. Next day a further division of Buell's had come up and two brigades of this as well as two brigades which Sherman had reorganized were sent forward to discover the enemy's position. Sherman was in command of this reconnaissance and pushed out for five miles, past the abandoned camps and litter of the Confederates, until he.
Buell when, stung by later controversy, he sought to exalt his own share at the expense of Grant and his assistants, could not forget the impression of Sherman's bearing in the hour of crisis. "There was the frank, brave soldier, rather subdued, realizing the critical situation in which causes of some sort, perchance his own fault chiefly, had placed him, but ready, without affectation or bravado, to do anything that duty required of him." The sequel yields another sidelight, different, but.
Hastening to and fro in seeming disorder, and a general apprehension of something dreadful about to ensue; all these signs, however, lessened as I neared the front. . . . Although cannon might be firing, the musketry chattering, and the enemy's shot hitting close, there reigned a general feeling of strength and security that bore a marked contrast to the bloody signs that had drifted rapidly to the rear; therefore, for comfort and safety"-of morale, if not perhaps of person !-"I surely would.