Worthy Opponents: William T. Sherman and Joseph E. Johnston: Antagonists in War, Friends in Peace, Edward G. Longacre, 404 pages, 60 black and white illustrations, 8 maps, bibliography, index, $24.95, paperback, Oklahoma University Press, July 2017.
From The Publisher: "You and I became reconciled in April 1865, [and] have remained so
since. . . . All [others] who are willing to be reconciled can do it by
simply becoming good American citizens." ―William T. Sherman in a letter
to Joseph E. Johnston.
It was the most trying time of the United
States' young history. Families suffered as their fathers and young men,
often mere boys, went off to war. Soldiers were slain by the tens of
thousands in brutal battles and entire towns were reduced to rubble and
ashes. America was split in two.
But in the face of this horrific Civil War, friendships and lifelong bonds were forged―even across the lines of battle. Worthy Opponents
is the parallel stories of two key leaders: Confederate General Joseph
E. Johnston and Union General William Tecumseh Sherman. After their
armies clashed repeatedly, it was only natural for these two commanding
offers to become adversaries.
Yet as the war wore on, Johnston and
Sherman came to respect each other. After the war they became close
firends. In Worthy Opponents, award-winning author and
Civil War historian Edward G. Longacre masterfully investigates the
intertwining lives and careers of these two celebrated generals. He
brings to life their personalities, their military styles, their
history, and their ultimate respect and friendship in a readable and
fascinating dual biography.