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Tom Worthington's Civil War : Shiloh, Sherman, and the search for vindication
Brewer, James D.
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2001]

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vii, 238 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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E473.54 .B75 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In 1807, Thomas Worthington was born into a wealthy and powerful Ohio family. Though his path in life should have led to fortune and prestige, he died alone and penniless, having spent his life and his fortune trying to remove the stain of shame from his reputation and name. This is the previously untold story of Worthington, West Point graduate, leader of men in both the Mexican War and War Between the States, and bitter enemy of the man who would ruin his life-General William Tecumseh Sherman. As commander of the 46th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Worthington valiantly led his men into battle at Shiloh, but his knowledge of Sherman's blunders, both before and during the battle, resulted in his being illegally court-martialed and cashiered out of the Army. The last twenty years of his life were spent in a desperate quest to tell his side of the story, the true events of Shiloh as he saw them. Colonel Worthington's story is one of war, both public and personal, honor, and a quest for vindication. Photographs and maps illustrate Worthington's dramatic life and struggle.

Author Notes

James D. Brewer is a writer and editorial consultant living in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. 1
Part I
Chapter 1. The Early Yearsp. 7
Chapter 2. West Point Yearsp. 13
Chapter 3. Citizen-Soldier and the Mexican Warp. 29
Part II
Chapter 4. To Punish Insurrectionp. 49
Chapter 5. "In Virtue Worthy"--Worthington at the Battle of Shilohp. 77
Chapter 6. Fallout from Shilohp. 111
Part III
Chapter 7. Court-Martial of Thomas Worthingtonp. 137
Chapter 8. In Search of Honorp. 173
Chapter 9. After the Warp. 183
Chapter 10. Conclusionp. 203
Notesp. 215
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 235