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Renowned Civil War Scholar James Lee McDonough to Speak on April 4

Professor McDonough will speak about his new book on General William Sherman

The LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College and LSU alumnus James Carville are delighted to present an evening with renowned Civil War historian James Lee McDonough. McDonough will speak about his new book, William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country, on Tuesday, April 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the French House.

In 1860, Sherman, then a major in the U.S. Army, was named the first superintendent of the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy, now known as LSU.

 “The history of the Civil War is always closely connected to Louisiana,” said Ogden Honors College Dean Jonathan Earle, who is a specialist in antebellum U.S. politics. “And in the case of the most controversial of Civil War generals – William Tecumseh Sherman – the connection is to our very university. It should be a memorable evening.”

“Many military historians believe that Sherman was the first great general of the modern era,” Carville said. “Very few people in the LSU community realize that he was our first president. Professor McDonough has culminated a lifetime of scholarship with what is truly a remarkable and groundbreaking biography of the most ferocious Tiger ever.”

McDonough’s biography on Sherman was published in 2016 to great acclaim. It provides fresh insight into a man that is famous for his outstanding command of military strategy as well as for the harshness of the “scorched earth” policies that he implemented. In addition to providing vivid descriptions of Sherman’s military qualities, McDonough shows a complex man that is tormented by the consequences of war and strained personal relationships. The book is a comprehensive overview of the life of an American icon.      

McDonough is a Civil War historian and professor emeritus of history at Auburn University. He is the author of nine books, including Nashville: The Western Confederacy’s Final Gamble and Shiloh: In Hell Before Night.

The Ogden Honors College, established in 1992, is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU. The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders.