Renowned Civil War historian James Lee McDonough will speak about his new book, "William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country," on Tuesday, April 4, at LSU.
The 6 p.m. talk will take place at LSU's French House, home to the Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College, at Highland Road and South Campus Drive.
In 1860, Sherman, then a major in the U.S. Army, was named the first superintendent of the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy, now known as LSU.
“The history of the Civil War is always closely connected to Louisiana,” said Ogden Honors College Dean Jonathan Earle, who is a specialist in antebellum U.S. politics. “And in the case of the most controversial of Civil War generals — William Tecumseh Sherman — the connection is to our very university. It should be a memorable evening.”
McDonough’s biography on Sherman was published in 2016. It provides fresh insight into a man famous for his outstanding command of military strategy, as well as for the harshness of the “scorched earth” policies that he implemented. In addition to providing vivid descriptions of Sherman’s military qualities, McDonough shows a complex man tormented by the consequences of war and strained personal relationships. The book is a comprehensive overview of the life of an American icon.
McDonough is a Civil War historian and professor emeritus of history at Auburn University. He is the author of nine books, including "Nashville: The Western Confederacy’s Final Gamble" and "Shiloh: In Hell Before Night."