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Educating Derb

Went to a dinner last night at the Union League Club in New York City. We

were in the Grant room, which is hung with portraits of Civil War generals.

I was sitting just below Chester Harding’s painting of Sherman & felt the

man’s eyes on me all through the meal. Later I took a good look at the

painting, which is wonderfully well done. If it is also TRULY done, then

Sherman was a reflective man, and perhaps rather a sad one. I know next to

nothing about him. I suppose there must be a dozen biographies. Can

someone please recommend a well-written, perceptive and sympathetic one?

One that gives me the man, not just the deeds. Thank you in advance.

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