In many parts of the South William Tecumseh Sherman is still regarded with distaste. Sherman’s March to the Sea had a long and lasting impact on the South and resulted in so much loss. Today the South is a much different place and I think for the most part people have moved on. Still there is evidence of the march in some places that serve as a reminder of Sherman and his diabolical ways.
In Fierce Patriot brings us the human and flawed Sherman placing him in a very comprehensive light that lends understanding of the old soldier’s character. Divided into three parts the book is very orderly and well written (although a little repetitious). I think that readers who possess a tremendous dislike for Sherman will find this book fascinating. Beware – it is not a tale for the lighthearted as it is quite in depth. Sherman’s strengths and flaws are discussed in detail (his flaws cannot be somewhat disgusting so handing this book to young readers is not recommended). For those who are more interested in the military aspect of Sherman’s life and who love the details such as battle strategy, O’Connell does not focus on that aspect as much, but I still consider this well worth a read.
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