William Tecumseh Sherman once said: "I must be judged as a soldier." After serving in the U.S. Army for nearly half a century, judged he was -- a villain to some, hero to others. There was no middle ground, and little has changed in the last 140 years. The Civil War was the zenith of his career, so the preoccupation with his service in that war is understandable. But as a consequence, his fascinating life, especially in California, and later in New York, remains an obscure treasure. Sherman was destined to become a warrior. His father, Judge Sherman, named him Tecumseh in honor of the Shawnee chief who had sided with the British in the War of 1812. But in 1820, when Sherman was born, feelings were still raw.