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

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The Antagonists

THE GENERAL, obviously absorbed in thought, was pacing up and down the railroad platform. It was the fall of 1861 and the command of Union forces in a section of the key border state of Kentucky lay upon his shoulders. An undeterminedly large Confederate enemy stood to his front and to his rear was a Northern presidential administration and people he believed were unaware of the danger they faced. He fretted and he paced, trying to find some hope in what he saw as basically a hopeless situation. Should the enemy attack him in his position on Muldraugh's Hill, forward of Louisville, he was sure his forces would be overrun.

The approach of a man carrying a sheaf of papers interrupted his thoughts. F. B. Plympton, a reporter and later editor of the Cincinnati Commercial, introduced himself to General William T. Sherman and presented letters of introduction, including one from the general's brother-in-law, Thomas Ewing,

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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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