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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…

William T. Sherman
U.S. Grant
General James Longstreet
Robert E. Lee
General Nathan Bedford Forrest
General Ambrose Burnside
General Jeb Stuart
General George McClellan
Stonewall Jackson
General Phillip Sheridan

Which American Civil War General are you?
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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.

Comments (5) to “In An Even More Amusing Development”

  1. I’m very OK with scoring 95% Sherman. Or even 85% Forrest. But should I be ashamed of 75% Burnside? Thanks for the quiz….Chris

  2. Yes. And I don’t think it’s something you should be spreading around. :-)

  3. I think you are being a little harsh, Mark. After all, being Burnside puts you ahead of Longstreet (see Fort Sanders, Battle of).

  4. I wonder how the war would have turned out if Jackson hadn’t been killed. If he had been around to influence Lee to attack his opponents weak points instead of his strong points.

  5. I took the test and was rated as Grant. All this years I’ve been telling my parents, peers and spouse that my stubborness and failure were virtues, and now I feel vindicated!
    Thank you