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 Posted: Thu Aug 14th, 2008 03:00 am
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Thanks for the info, folks. Not knowing much about Kilpatrick (at least not as much as I should, calvary being my "weak spot") before I read the book, and seeing that Doctorow DID portray Sherman pretty much spot-on, it makes me want to read up on Kilpatrick, and the march in general. Like, was he really hunch-backed like the book makes him out to be? I can't tell in the pictures I've seen of him.

Just a conjecture here, but could the loss of Sherman's son Willie during the campaign have affected his judgement at all? Is it true that when he heard Confederate General Hardee's 16-year old son Willie had been killed at Bentonville, Sherman wrote to him with condolences, saying that they had both lost their sons of the same name, and the war had killed both boys, even though his son had been too young to fight? Sherman seemed always on the edge; I can't believe this did not affect his judgement in some way.




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