Demon of the Lost Cause

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.

Demon of the Lost Cause

Author: Wesley Moody

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826272665

Page: 200

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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.

Demon of the Lost Cause

This dissertation will examine the formation of the myth that William T. Sherman laid waste to the state of Georgia in 1864, and almost single-handedly invented the concept of "total war.

Demon of the Lost Cause

Author: John Wesley Moody

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This dissertation will examine the formation of the myth that William T. Sherman laid waste to the state of Georgia in 1864, and almost single-handedly invented the concept of "total war." It will also examine how Sherman's reputation has evolved over the years from accusations of being a Southern sympathizer and traitor at the end of the Civil War to the modern image of Sherman as the destroyer of the old South. William Tecumseh Sherman was the most controversial general of the American Civil War. The modern image of Sherman is either a destructive monster who violated the laws of civilized warfare or a strategic genius who invented modern warfare. Both of these images have evolved over the years. In large part, they have been the product of Lost Cause writers trying to reinterpret the history of the war, but also the product of Union generals and politicians attempting to glorify their own place in the history of the war, men with personal grudges against the general and modern historians using Sherman to make their own arguments about contemporary society. The sources used for this dissertation were the journals, letters and memoirs of the participants. The Official Records of both the Union and Confederacy were examined as well as nineteenth and twentieth century newspapers and magazines. This dissertation will show that the modern conception of General Sherman is not the same as the historical fact, but rather a post-war creation. Individuals' agendas have created and sustained the myth of Sherman to explain defeat in the Civil War, justify later military strategy, condemn later conflicts and for personal gain. It is not enough to know that historical events as commonly understood are inaccurate; it is important to understand how and why these inaccuracies came about.

The Lost Cause

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 Lost Cause

Author: Edward Alfred Pollard

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Page: 752

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This book recounts the Civil War as a battle between "two nations of opposite civilizations" and that slavery enriched the South.

The Lost Caravel

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 ...

The Lost Caravel

Author: Robert Langdon

Publisher: Sydney : Pacific Publications

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Page: 368

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"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.

Essays on Paul

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
 ...

Essays on Paul

Author: Charles Kingsley Barrett

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Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause

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.

Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause

Author: Joe Coker

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813172802

Page: 344

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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.

Demon of the Middle Class

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
 ...

Demon of the Middle Class

Author: Harry Gene Levine

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Page: 269

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Kansas History

They define progressive conservatism as a blending of the ideals of limited
government , civic engagement , public virtue , egalitarianism , and community .
the Pop Demon of the Lost Cause : Sherman and Civil War History . By Wesley
Moody ...

Kansas History

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Apollo Handbook of Faulkner

If Sutpen is a demon , then Miss Rosa's life can have some meaning , some
purpose , even if the only reason for Miss ... Unwilling to change with the
changing times , she refused to relinquish the lost cause of the war , and lived
completely in ...

Apollo Handbook of Faulkner

Author: Dorothy Tuck McFarland

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Page: 259

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Demons of the Modern World

process of relaxation , which is caused by changes in brain waves , can make a
person feel like he is floating or even bodiless ... Robert Baker points out that
throughout European history there have been various tales of demons that come
to ... 36 Interestingly , in many abduction stories , these periods of lost time are
noted when doing exactly the sort of things that one would expect to cause such
periods ...

Demons of the Modern World

Author: Malcolm McGrath

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Page: 323

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An illuminating and entertaining history of demonology in Western civilization.

The Congressional Globe

... politicians , and professional | Cruel , intolerant , overbearing , implacable , un
so numerous and so far asunder as to demon ... military heroes , who displayed
the acquirements the humblest cabin , is to the “ lost cause " a eaters they called
 ...

The Congressional Globe

Author: United States. Congress

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The Demon and the Poet

daemon , in its Platonic sense of a being intermediary between gods and men
not demon , with its Judaeo - Christian import of an unclean , evil ... Paradise Lost
and Paradise Regained , in particular , deal with much demonological matter ,
and Milton , like Coleridge , had ... Source 2 , Member I , Subject I of that work is
entitled " Causes of Melancholy : God a Cause , " and Subsection 2 included
therein is ...

The Demon and the Poet

Author: Katherine Bruner Tave

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Page: 148

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The Congressional globe0

... asunder as to demon . men , who had been taught the right of seces forgiving ,
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 “
lost ...

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The Demon in the Aether

In this way interference between the arriving and reflected wave caused standing
waves , and as the distance between ... Tyndall had made some inaccurate
measurements of the amount of heat radiated away ( as opposed to being lost by
 ...

The Demon in the Aether

Author: Martin Goldman

Publisher: Adam Hilger

ISBN:

Page: 224

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London Magazine

He made the impression on me of the benevolent demons in the Russian ballet
Children's Tales - a demon with a long ... was always espousing some lost cause
, championing some unfortunate person , rushing at some windmill with a lance .

London Magazine

Author: John Lehmann

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The Demon and the Dove

... s dream , and the latter ' s rejection of the " wine " offered by Colin on the
previous day is the cause of his anguish . ... With childlike simplicity , the leper
wanders off into the bush one night when the moon is full to seek his lost
childhood .

The Demon and the Dove

Author: Adrian L. Van Kaam

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Page: 308

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Business Perspectives

... known as the establishments , houses of prostitution , and purveyors of the "
murder capital ” of the United illicit " demon rum . ... and a penchant ciplines ,
such as criminology , histo- nine areas , the Bureau of Business for the “ lost
cause .

Business Perspectives

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Time

Faulkner's Yok found in Of Love and Other Demons OTHER DEMONS
napatawpha is an imag ( Knopf ; 147 pages ; $ 21 ) ... the man , as pale as a lily
because the bats Lost Cause and the rise of the scalawag drained his blood
while he slept .

Time

Author: Briton Hadden

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Transforming Schools

He insisted that he no longer had dark dreams in which the head appeared ' as a
demon . Elaine believed that David was a ' lost cause ' : If you are particularly
tangled and particularly complex and you ' re having difficulty in seeing where ...

Transforming Schools

Author: Bernard Barker

Publisher: Trentham Books Limited

ISBN:

Page: 178

View: 660

This intriguing book challenges the usual idea of how a weak or failing school can be turned into a successful one by the simple introduction of effective leadership and management. Bernard Barker describes the journey of a struggling British Midlands comprehensive through special measures. As a participant researcher in the process, the author relates how government inspectors impose a conventional regime, based on improved leadership, to drag the institution from the mire. But he shows that schools, heads, teachers, and pupils are infinitely diverse and have an infinite range of motivations, priorities, and personalities. Based on his experience, he argues that imposing strict government-inspired improvement models cannot solve all the problems of an institution that is defined not only by its leaders and teachers but also by the complexities of its organizational context and social geography. Challenging conventional wisdom, the book argues that although a school can quickly be made to show the 11 key effectiveness characteristics, this does not always lead to an improvement in the prescribed indicator for success--exam results. The book develops an alternative conception of how leaders improve their schools. This in-depth and analytical yet thoroughly human account of a school's struggle away from the stigma of special measures is a must-read for all involved in education, from policymakers and officials to local authorities, researchers, leader-watchers, heads, teachers, governors, and parents.