“LINCOLN GREATLY ADMIRED SHERMAN”: FIRST EDITION OF SHERMAN AND HIS CAMPAIGNS, 1865
(SHERMAN, William Tecumseh) BOWMAN, S. M. and IRWIN, R. B. Sherman and His Campaigns: A Military Biography. New York: Charles B. Richardson, 1865. Octavo, original three-quarter polished brown calf, black morocco spine labels, raised bands, marbled boards, endpapers and edges. $750.
First edition of this major early account of Sherman’s Civil War campaigns, drawing on military reports by Sherman that reveal his plain-spoken eloquence in statements such as “War is hell, and you cannot refine it,” with steel-engraved frontispiece, seven full-page portraits and five full-page maps.
Written and published immediately after the Civil War, this contemporary military history of Sherman and his leadership was completed with the assistance of figures such as Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis and Sherman himself—whose blunt eloquence is revealed herein through statements such as "War is hell, and you cannot refine it" (225). Describing Lincoln's estimation of his general, Bowman and Irwin write that "no one enjoyed Sherman's peculiar spice more than he did… [Sherman's] honest, candid, outspoken and enterprising character were such as Mr. Lincoln most needed, and most admired… Even Sherman's frank, bold and honest opposition to measures favored by Mr. Lincoln himself pleased him… Lincoln greatly admired Sherman" (484-5). The volume's preface notes: "The events treated are, in some instances, perhaps too recent for enlightened and impartial criticism… The editors believe, however, that laboring with a sincere and constant desire to attain correctness, they have… succeeded in establishing the essential outlines." Dornbusch II:2433. Sabin 7096.
Front free endpaper starting at hinge, text and plates generally clean. Light wear to extremities of publisher's calf binding. An extremely good copy.