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William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country

An evening with renowned Civil War scholar James Lee McDonough
When Apr 04, 2017
from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where French House Grand Salon
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Contact Phone 225-578-0083
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The Ogden Honors College is delighted to offer an evening with renowned Civil War scholar James Lee McDonough (Prof. Emeritus, Auburn), presented by LSU alumnus James Carville. McDonough is the author of a major new biography of General Sherman, one of America's most storied military figures. 

In 1860 Sherman, then a major in the U.S. army, was named the first superintendent of the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy, now known as Louisiana State University. As a Union general in the Civil War, he became famous for his outstanding command of military strategy as well as for the harshness of the "scorched earth" policies that he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States.

About the book:

General Sherman’s 1864 burning of Atlanta solidified his legacy as a ruthless leader. Yet Sherman proved far more complex than his legendary military tactics reveal. James Lee McDonough offers fresh insight into a man tormented by the fear that history would pass him by, who was plagued by personal debts, and who lived much of his life separated from his family. As a soldier, Sherman evolved from a spirited student at West Point into a general who steered the Civil War’s most decisive campaigns, rendered here in graphic detail. Lamenting casualties, Sherman sought the war’s swift end by devastating Southern resources in the Carolinas and on his famous March to the Sea.