"For those who think there is nothing new to be said about the Civil War, Grant and Sherman will be a pleasant surprise. The book is a unique blend of emotional power and historical insight. A must-read."
— Thomas Fleming, author of Liberty! The American Revolution
"We were as brothers," William Tecumseh Sherman said, describing his relationship with Ulysses S. Grant. They were incontestably two of the most important figures in the Civil War, but until now there has been no book about their victorious partnership and the deep friendship that made it possible. They were prewar failures: Grant, forced to resign from the Regular Army because of his drinking, and Sherman, who held four different jobs, including a cherished position at a military academy in the South, during the four years before the Confederates fired on Fort Sumter. But, heeding the call to save the Union,each struggled past political hurdles to join the war effort. Taking each other's measure at the Battle of Shiloh, ten months into the war, they began their unique collaboration. Often together under fire on the war's great battlefields, they smoked cigars as they gave orders and learned from their mistakes as well as from their shrewd decisions. They shared the demands of family life and the heartache of loss, including the tragic death of Sherman's favorite son. They supported each other in the face of mudslinging by the press and politicians. Their growing mutual admiration and trust, which President Lincoln increasingly relied upon, set the stage for the crucial final year of the war. While Grant battled with Lee in the campaigns that ended at Appomattox Court House, Sherman first marched through Georgia to Atlanta, continued with his epic March to the Sea, and turned north from Savannah for his Carolina campaigns. Not only did Grant and Sherman come to think alike, but, even though their headquarters at that time were hundreds of miles apart, they were in virtually daily communication, strategizing the final moves of the war and planning how to approach the peace that would follow. Moving and elegantly written, Grant and Sherman is a historical page-turner: a gripping portrait of two men whose friendship, forged on the battlefield, would win the Civil War.
The above is excerpted from "Grant and Sherman" by Charles Bracelen Flood. Reprinted by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.