}William Tecumseh Sherman has been called the first modern general.
According to military historian B. H. Liddell Hart, he understood before his contemporaries that wars and battles would be won more by the movement of troops than by fighting.
Also modern is his unsentimental view of combat, epitomized by his famous remark that War is hell. And he was an able enough historian to realize that the Civil Warand indeed all future warswould be unlike anything the world had ever seen: a bitter national struggle between free people that would involve a campaign of terror against combatant and non-combatant alike.His Memoirs, which rank with Grants as the greatest of the Civil War, concern for the most part the strategy and fighting at Bull Run, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and of course the march through Georgia which earned Sherman his reputation for ruthlessness.
It is a story packed with incident as well as swift sketches of his opponents, subordinates, and superiors, and it is endlessly instructive about the lessons of the war.
Most of all, it is a compelling narrative about a national tragedy. }