The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans
From the moment the Civil War began, partisans on both sides were calling not just for victory but for extermination. And both sides found leaders who would oblige. In this vivid and fearfully persuasive book, Charles Royster looks at William Tecumseh Sherman and Stonewall Jackson, the men who came to embody the apocalyptic passions of North and South, and re-creates their characters, their strategies, and the feelings they inspired in their countrymen. At once an incisive dual biography, hypnotically engrossing military history, and a cautionary examination of the American penchant for patriotic bloodshed, The Destructive War is a work of enormous power.
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Had shot 32 men, two of whom died, and had arrested 370. Patrols eventually rounded up 2,500 soldiers and civilians. During Oliver’s sweep through the city, the wind changed direction and began to come from the northeast. Citizens on the streets near the asylum watched the fire being blown back toward blocks it had already burned. By six o’clock the wind had died; efforts to control the fire succeeded. Dawn brought a mild, sunny day. In parts of the city smoke still rose from low fires in the.
Economic role. He assured Johnston: “Negros would remain in the South and afford you abundance of cheap labor.” Sherman would have preferred a geographical separation of the races. His Special Field Order Number 15, issued at Savannah on January 16, 1865, after consultation with Stanton, reserved a thirty-mile-wide strip of abandoned land along the coast for blacks, granting those who settled there whatever “possessory title” the federal government could convey. This was primarily a wartime.
For the army’s attacks on civilians but acknowledged that the Northern public had enjoyed reports of the marches. After the Carolina campaign, the “popularity of Sherman rose even higher than when he reached Savannah.” Jubilation over Sherman’s successes grew louder in the streets, bigger in newspapers’ typeface, and more frequent in Northerners’ letters as details of destruction came north. In a war whose often surprising course and scale had sometimes called into question the supposition that.
Predestined purposes. To have told him that his labors were doomed but his sincerity was admirable would have confronted him with the paradox he most wanted to avoid. It would have suggested a disjunction between devoted, humble effort and a glorious reward in this world, as well as in the life to come. For later propagandists, his unswerving belief outlived his work that failed. Jackson’s death spared him that questionable consolation. While he lived, he insisted that he had no doubt of his.
And in the early republic. Obscuring the slaveholding founders’ reservations about slavery, they argued from the founders’ example that the American Revolution’s guarantee of liberty did not conflict with chattel slavery. The greater promise of the Revolution for Confederates lay in their confidence that they, like their predecessors, were fighting for the right of self-government. Surely a people inspired by such a cause could withstand the power of an enemy’s superior numbers and greater.