In fact, many of Sherman’s 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.
Author: Wesley Moody
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
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. In Demon 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 Sherman’s 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, Sherman’s letters and memoirs, as well as biographies of Sherman and histories of his times, Moody reveals that Sherman’s shifting reputation was formed by whoever controlled the message, whether it was the Lost Cause historians of the South, Sherman’s 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 Sherman’s 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 South’s good graces. That all changed, however, when the Lost Cause historians began formulating revisions to the Civil War, as Sherman’s actions were the perfect explanation for why the South had lost. 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 behind the stories they told and believed. 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.
lian recognizes the dark - browed demon , and shuddering , starts back a step ;
then , with flashing eyes and heroic atti tude , she points her hand at the cowering
wretch and rushes towards him , fiercely cryingMurderer ! Reptile ! Accursed ...
Mr. Seward declined to make any official recognition of the commissioners , but
very readily consented , for purposes which the sequel demon : strated , to hold
verbal conferences with them , through the friendly inter mediation of Judge ...
The Yankees say that yell used to scare them nearly to death ; that when they
heard it they thought the Demon and all his angels were after them . ... Those
indebted to “ The Lost Cause " in subscriptions for the past years will please remit
... these men became increasingly ensconced at the heights of the cult of the Lost Cause, presenting evangelicals with ... code” and proclaimed that “nothing but
the hempen cord can exorcise the thin-skinned, bloodthirsty demon of the code.
Author: Joe Coker
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
In the late 1800s, Southern evangelicals believed contemporary troubles—everything from poverty to political corruption to violence between African Americans and whites—sprang from the bottles of “demon rum” regularly consumed in the South. Though temperance quickly gained support in the antebellum North, Southerners cast a skeptical eye on the movement, because of its ties with antislavery efforts. Postwar evangelicals quickly realized they had to make temperance appealing to the South by transforming the Yankee moral reform movement into something compatible with southern values and culture. In Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause: Southern White Evangelicals and the Prohibition Movement, Joe L. Coker examines the tactics and results of temperance reformers between 1880 and 1915. Though their denominations traditionally forbade the preaching of politics from the pulpit, an outgrowth of evangelical fervor led ministers and their congregations to sound the call for prohibition. Determined to save the South from the evils of alcohol, they played on southern cultural attitudes about politics, race, women, and honor to communicate their message. The evangelicals were successful in their approach, negotiating such political obstacles as public disapproval the church’s role in politics and vehement opposition to prohibition voiced by Jefferson Davis. The evangelical community successfully convinced the public that cheap liquor in the hands of African American “beasts” and drunkard husbands posed a serious threat to white women. Eventually, the code of honor that depended upon alcohol-centered hospitality and camaraderie was redefined to favor those who lived as Christians and supported the prohibition movement. Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause is the first comprehensive survey of temperance in the South. By tailoring the prohibition message to the unique context of the American South, southern evangelicals transformed the region into a hotbed of temperance activity, leading the national prohibition movement.
As he had demon- strated in the West, Grant was a relentless enemy, undeterred
by set- backs or defeats. “The art of war is simple enough,” he explained later. “
Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike at him as ...
Author: Jeffry D. Wert
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A balanced portrait of the controversial Confederate cavalryman describes his military contributions, contentious relationships with his staff and subordinates, and battlefield death at the age of thirty-one. Reprint.
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and so far asunder as to demon men , who had been taught the right of ... The
teaching of Yancey was called the “ lost ” cause , just as we speak of a || spite .
Gary W. Gallagher, however, convincingly demon— strates that Early was pivotal
in shaping a heroic image of Lee and of the Confederate military effort (Foster,
Ghosts, 60-61; Gallagher, “Jubal A. Early, the Lost Cause, and Civil War History,”
Author: Caroline E. Janney
Publisher: UNC Press Books
As early as 1865, survivors of the Civil War were acutely aware that people were purposefully shaping what would be remembered about the war and what would be omitted from the historical record. In Remembering the Civil War, Caroline E. Janney examines how the war generation--men and women, black and white, Unionists and Confederates--crafted and protected their memories of the nation's greatest conflict. Janney maintains that the participants never fully embraced the reconciliation so famously represented in handshakes across stone walls. Instead, both Union and Confederate veterans, and most especially their respective women's organizations, clung tenaciously to their own causes well into the twentieth century. Janney explores the subtle yet important differences between reunion and reconciliation and argues that the Unionist and Emancipationist memories of the war never completely gave way to the story Confederates told. She challenges the idea that white northerners and southerners salved their war wounds through shared ideas about race and shows that debates about slavery often proved to be among the most powerful obstacles to reconciliation.
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treacherous , perfidious , ungenerous , strate ... Well is it " lost cause , " The
teaching of Yancey was Not black men alone are the ohjects of their called the “
an.1 attack the enemy's left flank ; but Pope taking the alarm . , sastily re treated
beyond the Rappahannock . While Gen. Lee was making demon . strations at
various points of the river , Jackson's forces , some twenty - five thousand strong ,
Then Kio again spoke to Forest - grove , saying , ' Who will assist you to cause
the verdure of the land to appear that it grow ? ' Then Forest - grove again replied
to Kio , ' My two bands of demon - creatures shall aid me to cause the verdure of ...
Author: Robert Langdon
Publisher: Sydney : Pacific Publications
"On 26 May 1526, four Spanish ships under the command of Garcia Jofre de Loaisa passed intio the Pacific from the Strait of Magellan bound for the spice-rich East Indies. Six days later they were separated by a storm and one ship, the caravel San Lesmes, was never heard of again. Now, after a lapse of four and a half centuries, historian Robert Langdon has put forward the theory that the caravel was wrecked on an atoll to the east of Tahiti, that the crew survived and intermarried with the local women, and that over the next 250 years they and their descendants spread to many Polynesian islands. He claims that the castaways established Hispano-Polynesian dynasties, that they grafted elements of Iberian culture onto the existing Polynesian culture, and that much that has previously been attributed to the genius of the Polynesians, was, in fact, derived from Europe. ... Two of his most remarkable conclusions are that the mysterious inscribed tablets of Easter island owed their origin to the castaways' writing system, and that the so-called fleet that has ling been thought to have carried the Maoris [sic] from eastern Polynesia to New Zealand about 1350 A.D., was, in fact an expedition of sixteenth-century Spaniards trying to get home by way of the Cape of Good Hope!" -- Book jacket.
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War in America I Maybe the fact that the ... Maybe my penchant is for lost have a
hero . causes , though a " lost cause , ” of course , is The old gods may be ...
To worship a demon is to deny God his due ; more , it is to throw in one's lot with
the defeated , anti - God forces of the universe , to embrace the ultimately lost cause and to perish with it . But precisely because the cause of the demons is lost
In view of the volume of lost blood and in view of the tens of thousands of human
lives , many of which must have been sacrificed to the maladministration of
Jefferson Davis , it is wonderful what self ... ”The Lost Cause , pp . 727 , 728 . did
not ride his dreams like a demon , it 248 LIFE OF JEFFERSON DAVIS , WITH A.
In view of the volume of lost blood and in view of the tens of thousands of human
lives , many of which must have been ... The Lost Cause , pp . 727 , 728 . did not
ride his dreams like a demon , it 248 LIFE OF JEFFERSON DAVIS , WITH A.
The sentiment Obstruction can gain nothing for the lost cause of free silver
coinage . throughout the country in favor of ... This is an involuntary tribute to the
power of securel on the first day of the session , and the result has amply demon
The verses, wherever we find them, breathe love to the Lost Cause. They sing ...
In vain did I strive to forget me In events that had p IKS -.1 long before, But the demon of dread would not let me — The dead man that lay at my door. The rats,
Author: Theodore Frelinghuysen VaillPublish On: 1868
The following description of our surprise , rout and subsequent victory is given by
Pollard , in his history of The Lost Cause . ... Whilst demon . strations were made
against the Federal right , whence the sounds of musketry already announced a ...
Consequently any time spent in loitering , drunkenness , or even in idling around
public inns , was so much lost time ; hence ... ( 24 ) In short , colonials believed
that alcohol in sufficient quantities caused two particular deviant social behaviors
Like some editors and television producers, some scientists believe the public is
too ignorant or too stupid to understand science, that the enterprise of
popularization is fundamentally a lost cause, or even that it's tantamount to
Author: Carl Sagan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
A prescient warning of a future we now inhabit, where fake news stories and Internet conspiracy theories play to a disaffected American populace “A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.”—Los Angeles Times How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions. Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms. Praise for The Demon-Haunted World “Powerful . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.”—The Washington Post Book World “Compelling.”—USA Today “A clear vision of what good science means and why it makes a difference. . . . A testimonial to the power of science and a warning of the dangers of unrestrained credulity.”—The Sciences “Passionate.”—San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle