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The Resource Demon of the Lost Cause : Sherman and Civil War history, Wesley Moody, (electronic resource)

Demon of the Lost Cause : Sherman and Civil War history, Wesley Moody, (electronic resource)

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Demon of the Lost Cause : Sherman and Civil War history
Title
Demon of the Lost Cause
Title remainder
Sherman and Civil War history
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Wesley Moody
Title variation
Sherman and Civil War history
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • At the end of the Civil War, Union general William Tecumseh Sherman was surprisingly more popular in the newly defeated South than he was in the North. Yet only thirty years later, his name was synonymous with evil and destruction in the South. Here, historian Wesley Moody examines these perplexing contradictions and how they and others function in past and present myths about Sherman. Demon of the Lost Cause reveals the machinations behind the Sherman myth and the reasons behind the acceptance of such myths, no matter who invented them. In the case of Sherman's own mythmaking, Moody postulates that his motivation was to secure a military position to support his wife and children. For the other Sherman mythmakers, personal or political gain was typically the rationale. In tracing Sherman's ever-changing reputation, Moody sheds light on current and past understanding of the Civil War through the lens of one of its most controversial figures.--From publisher description
  • At the end of the Civil War, Union general William Tecumseh Sherman was surprisingly more popular in the newly defeated South than he was in the North. Yet only thirty years later, his name was synonymous with evil and destruction in the South. Here, historian Wesley Moody examines these perplexing contradictions and how they and others function in past and present myths about Sherman. Demon of the Lost Cause reveals the machinations behind the Sherman myth and the reasons behind the acceptance of such myths, no matter who invented them. In the case of Sherman's own mythmaking, Moody postulates that his motivation was to secure a military position to support his wife and children. For the other Sherman mythmakers, personal or political gain was typically the rationale. In tracing Sherman's ever-changing reputation, Moody sheds light on current and past understanding of the Civil War through the lens of one of its most controversial figures.--From publisher description
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Moody, Wesley
Dewey number
937.7/378
LC call number
E467.1.S55
LC item number
M66 2011
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  • Sherman, William T.
  • Sherman, William T.
  • Sherman, William T.
  • Sherman, William T.
  • Sherman's March to the Sea
  • Public opinion
  • United States
  • Sherman, William T.
  • Sherman, William T
  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Sherman's March to the Sea (1864)
  • Historiography
  • Literature
  • Motion pictures
  • Public opinion
  • Geschichtsschreibung
  • Mythos
  • Sezessionskrieg
  • Southern States
  • United States
  • USA
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At the end of the Civil War, Union general William Tecumseh Sherman was surprisingly more popular in the newly defeated South than he was in the North. Yet, only thirty years later, his name was synonymous with evil and destruction in the South, particularly as the creator and enactor of the total war policy. InDemon of the Lost Cause, Wesley Moody examines these perplexing contradictions and how they and others function in past and present myths about Sherman. Throughout this fascinating study of Shermans reputation, from his first public servant role as the major general for the state of California until his death in 1891, Moody explores why Sherman remains one of the most controversial figures in American history. Using contemporary newspaper accounts, Shermans letters and memoirs, as well as biographies of Sherman and histories of his times, Moody reveals that Shermans shifting reputation was formed by whoever controlled the message, whether it was the Lost Cause historians of the South, Shermans enemies in the North, or Sherman himself.With his famous March to the Sea in Georgia, the general became known for inventing a brutal warfare where the conflict is brought to the civilian population. In fact, many of Shermans actions were official tactics to be employed when dealing with guerrilla forces, yet Sherman never put an end to the talk of his innovative tactics and even added to the stories himself. Sherman knew he had enemies in the Union army and within the Republican elite who could and would jeopardize his position for their own gain. In fact, these were the same people who spread the word that Sherman was a Southern sympathizer following the war, helping to place the general in the Souths good graces. That all changed, however, when the Lost Cause historians began formulating revisions to the Civil War, as Shermans actions were the perfect explanation for why the South had lost.Demon of the Lost Causereveals the machinations behind the Sherman myth and the reasons behind the acceptance of such myths, no matter who invented them. In the case of Shermans own mythmaking, Moody postulates that his motivation was to secure a military position to support his wife and children. For the other Sherman mythmakers, personal or political gain was typically the rationale behind the stories they told and believed. In tracing Shermans ever-changing reputation, Moody sheds light on current and past understanding of the Civil War through the lens of one of its most controversial figures
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Demon of the Lost Cause : Sherman and Civil War history, Wesley Moody, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-180) and index
Contents
  • The prewar years and the early war -- The Atlanta campaign and the March to the Sea -- The commanding general versus the North -- The war of the memoirs -- Sherman's last years -- Sherman versus the Lost Cause -- Embracing the Lost Cause -- Sherman in film -- Sherman and the modern historians
  • The prewar years and the early war -- The Atlanta campaign and the March to the Sea -- The commanding general versus the North -- The war of the memoirs -- Sherman's last years -- Sherman versus the Lost Cause -- Embracing the Lost Cause -- Sherman in film -- Sherman and the modern historians
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000688451
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780826219459
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012533336
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000688451
Label
Demon of the Lost Cause : Sherman and Civil War history, Wesley Moody, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-180) and index
Contents
  • The prewar years and the early war -- The Atlanta campaign and the March to the Sea -- The commanding general versus the North -- The war of the memoirs -- Sherman's last years -- Sherman versus the Lost Cause -- Embracing the Lost Cause -- Sherman in film -- Sherman and the modern historians
  • The prewar years and the early war -- The Atlanta campaign and the March to the Sea -- The commanding general versus the North -- The war of the memoirs -- Sherman's last years -- Sherman versus the Lost Cause -- Embracing the Lost Cause -- Sherman in film -- Sherman and the modern historians
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000688451
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780826219459
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012533336
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000688451

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