In An Even More Amusing Development
|You scored as William T. Sherman, One of the Union’s greatest heroes, your capture of Atlanta helped guarantee Lincoln’s re-election and the winning of the war. South of the Mason-Dixon, they think you’re a monster, but you’re really only a *little* crazy…
I say “even more amusing” because professionally, Sherman is the commander with whom I am most identified. Plus, I like to play with matches. And I have bipolar disorder, as perhaps did Sherman, according to some historians. See especially Janann Sherman, “The Jesuit and the General: Sherman’s Private War,” Psychohistory Review 21:3 (Spring 1993):255-294. Michael Fellman has told me that his view of his subject in Citizen Sherman (1995) was informed by the possibility that Sherman had bipolar disorder. Personally, I am convinced that he did.
Lee Kennett, in his biography of Sherman, postulates that Sherman had narcissistic personality disorder. I don’t think so, though I believe that, thanks to his father’s early death and his mother’s giving him over to the Ewings, he surely had a deep “narcissistic wound,” which though similar sounding, is not the same thing. John Marszalek’s biography rejects speculation as to any disorder, and judging by a conversation I once had with him, he seems to believe that a high-functioning person cannot, by definition, have a serious mental illness. Obviously, I reject that proposition.