Sherman’s Recollections of California, 1846-1848, 1855-1857, from his Memoirs

Read by David Wales

(4.4 stars; 16 reviews)

This LibriVox recording comprises three chapters from American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman’s Memoirs. The chapters deal with a posting to California in his pre-Civil War military career in the years 1846-1848. While many of his colleagues saw action in the Mexican-American War, Sherman performed administrative duties in the captured territory of California. Along with fellow Lieutenants Henry Halleck and Edward Ord, Sherman embarked from New York on the 198-day journey around Cape Horn aboard the converted sloop USS Lexington. Due to the confined spaces aboard-ship, Sherman grew close to Halleck and Ord, and in his Memoirs references a hike with Halleck to the summit of Corcovado, notable as the future spot of the Cristo Redentor statue. Sherman and Ord reached the town of Yerba Buena, in California, two days before its name was changed to San Francisco. In 1848, Sherman accompanied the military governor of California, Col. Richard Barnes Mason, in the inspection that officially confirmed that gold had been discovered in the region, thus inaugurating the California Gold Rush. Sherman, along with Ord, assisted in surveys for the sub-divisions of the town that would become Sacramento. In 1853 Sherman resigned from the Army. In 1855-1857 he was in California as part of his bank duties. He returned to the Army in May 1861. Sherman was one of the premier generals fighting for the North in the Civil War. [Sherman] steadfastly refused to be drawn into politics and in 1875 published his Memoirs, one of the best-known first-hand accounts of the Civil War. British military historian B. H. Liddell Hart famously declared that Sherman was "the first modern general". Summary by wikipedia and david wales (4 hr 7 min)


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I really don't understand the thinking by Librivox in allowing such a seminal work to be chopped up and then regurgitated piecemeal. Looking at David Wales' three separate abridgements, it appears that about 75% of Sherman's memoir is missing.