Books: General with Imagination

THE GENERAL WHO MARCHED TO HELL (349 pp.)—Earl Schenck Miers—Knopf ($4.50).

GENERAL WILLIAM T. SHERMAN INSANE.

The headlined scandal broke on Dec. 11, 1861, in the columns of the Cincinnati Commercial. A dispatch explained: "He was . . . while commanding in Kentucky, stark mad . . . He has of course been relieved altogether from command."

Hostile journalists actually thought they had evidence of Sherman's insanity. In the midst of a slow, steady advance toward the Cumberland Gap, the report went, Sherman began to imagine shadowy Confederate cavalrymen in the obscure offing. He ordered a halt, then pulled back in alarm, all quite...

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