2 comments on “General Richard Taylor’s Destruction and Reconstruction

  1. Thanks for a good review of Deconstruction & Reconstruction. I’ve read both Grant (edited by Mark Twain) and Sherman’s memoirs. Both are a bit of a slog, yet offer many valuable insights. For Grant, war and combat was primarily about logistics. For Sherman, it was mostly breaking the collective will. Sherman famously wanted to shoot reporters, but feared dispatches from hell would be printed in the afternoon newspapers~

    • You’re welcome. Grant’s memoirs feature some moments of forceful prose, but it is a slog otherwise. Mark Twain’s editing can only go so far.

      I want to understand Sherman more. I have an image of a villain in my mind. Perhaps that’s what he was, but I want to understand the motivations for his villainy better.

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