A much more in depth understanding of this military leader and subsequent President of the United states emerges from reading his account of his civil ware experiences. There is a flavor of what shaped him in his very brief and sketchy account of his early military history and his family background; He seems to embody an approach to military activities that was also adopted by his successors such as Dwight D Eisenhower. (I think that Sherman was probably his George Patton) What was surprising was his modern, liberal attitude to civic affairs and morality in general. What was not surprising was his clearly apparent awe of and admiration for Abraham Lincoln.
These memoirs provide the reader with a critical understanding one of central figures that established a nation in fire and blood. This is an essential read for all those who truly need to understand and honor the sacrifices made and the price in blood paid on both sides for freedom and what the U.S. is today; both good and bad.