Memoirs (Penguin Classics) by William Tecumseh Sherman

By William Tecumseh Sherman

Sooner than his wonderful occupation as basic of the Union forces, William Tecumseh Sherman skilled a long time of failure and melancholy. Drifting among the previous South and new West, Sherman witnessed firsthand a number of the severe occasions of early nineteenth-century the USA: the Mexican conflict, the gold rush, the banking panics, and the battles with the Plains Indians. It wasn't until eventually his victory at Shiloh, in 1862, that Sherman assumed his mythical position in American heritage. After Shiloh, Sherman sacked Atlanta and proceeded to burn a path of destruction that break up the Confederacy and ended the warfare. His technique perpetually replaced the character of conflict and earned him everlasting infamy in the course of the South.

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I had always assumed that she would be relieved to return to her family and to a land where she spoke the language and didn’t need me to act as her interpreter. But I realized later that even though my mother could not understand anything the crossing guard, Mrs. Popkin, said, she understood that this woman looked out for me. qxd 11/7/03 3:39 PM Page 36 36 FIROOZEH DUMAS understood her smiles. Even though my mother never attended a Brownie meeting, she knew that the leader, Carrie’s mom, opened up her home to us every week and led us through all kinds of projects.

Giggles and laughter filled the bus. After a few hours on the road, the boy behind me tapped me on the shoulder. ” he said. ” I answered. ” I asked. ” Upon hearing this, all the kids around me burst out laughing. Hours later, we arrived at camp. Pine Lodge was a converted two-story house. All the boys stayed downstairs and all the girls stayed on the second floor. In the girls’ room stood rows of bunk beds. There was one bathroom on the floor for all the girls to share. Oddly, the door to the bathroom had been removed, so any girl who needed to use the toilet or the sink could walk in on someone taking a shower.

We always drove for one hour before stopping for breakfast at Denny’s. My father’s devotion to Denny’s restaurants approached religious fervor. To him, Denny’s was a clean oasis where the waitresses were always friendly. We didn’t really like the food, but that seemed a small price to pay for a clean bathroom in the middle of the desert. After breakfast, we’d get back in the car, turn on the air conditioner, and keep driving. We didn’t stop until the next Denny’s, where we’d have a snack and my father would say how amazing it was that all Denny’s could be so clean, no matter where they were.

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