The private war of General Sherman

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Janet Brenner Franzoni (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Richard Bardolph

Abstract: Recognizing the growing interest in the psychological approaches to biographical studies, this thesis undertakes to examine the life of General William Tecumseh Sherman with an emphasis on its psychological components. An examination of his personal correspondence as well as a study of the recorded observations of his contemporaries provide clues which suggest tentative judgments concerning the enigmatic nature of his personality. Sherman's famous campaigns of destruction during the American Civil War have received both praise and condemnation. Yet, no less a polarity of response is found within the man himself. His early childhood was characterized by extreme docility and submission to the authority of his foster parents. Sherman's youth and early adulthood showed signs of sensitivity and insecurity. His early military career, beginning at West Point in 1836 and ending in California in l854, was unrewarding. His repeated attempts at civilian careers after his resignation from the army were marked by failure and frustration.

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Language: English
Date: 1970
Sherman, William T. $q (William Tecumseh), $d 1820-1891 $v Biography
United States $x History $y Civil War, 1861-1865 $v Biography

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