Sherman's Other War: The General and the Civil War Press

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The Insane General

W ILLIAM T. SHERMAN sat in his St. Louis office early in 1861 a disappointed frustrated man. He was president of a street railway company, but the only satisfaction this job gave him was the ability to provide for his family without dependence on the Ewings. He was not as happy here as he had been as school superintendent in Louisiana. He had felt duty bound to resign that post when secession had come, and he hoped his sacrifice was worthwhile. When he had talked to President Lincoln on his way through Washington in mid-March, he had been shocked at what he considered was Lincoln's nonchalant attitude toward the whole crisis. His Senator brother, John, had arranged the interview, and Sherman told him later that Lincoln was not taking southerners seriously enough; he was underestimating the difficulty of restoring the Union. Consequently, Sherman resolutely decided not to enter the Army or take any post with the administration. He could not bring himself to associate

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Addendum to Acknowledgments xvi
  • 1 - The First Amendment in War 3
  • 2 - The Antagonists 37
  • 3 - The Insane General 63
  • 4 - The Czar of Memphis 108
  • 5 - The Press on Trial 131
  • 6 - The March Minus Reporters 168
  • 7 - Sherman Stumbles 197
  • Conclusion 224
  • Bibliographical Note Addendum 240
  • Index 245
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