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Demon of the Lost Cause : Sherman and Civil War history / Wesley Moody.

Author/creator Moody, Wesley
Format Electronic and Book
Publication InfoColumbia, Mo. ; London : University of Missouri Press, [2011]
Description190 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm.
Supplemental Content Full text available from Ebook Central - Academic Complete
Portion of title Sherman and Civil War history
Series Shades of blue and gray series
Shades of blue and gray series. ^A445374
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.
Abstract 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.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 171-180) and index.
Access restrictionAvailable only to authorized users.
Technical detailsMode of access: World Wide Web
Genre/formElectronic books.
LCCN 2012533336
ISBN9780826219459 (hbk.)
ISBN0826219454 (hbk.)

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