Grant at Shiloh: The Will of the Commander*

160 years ago today, April 6, 1862, at the end of the first day of fighting at the Battle of Shiloh, Brig. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman had lost his will to fight. The other subordinate commanders were organizing for retreat. Sherman found Grant near Pittsburg Landing, huddled there, his sodden collar turned up in a futile attempt to ward off the rain, his saturated slouch hat pulled down over his head...

Leaders can’t lead from the rear–by Jay Lorenzen

George C. Marshall had seen it too often. In WWI, generals and their aides—far from the sound of guns and the dirty faces of their front-line troops—laid out maps and devised plans disconnected from reality. They ruled over the distant battlefield from comfortable chateaus, moving men and machines as if they were pieces on a …