Facing Sherman in South Carolina: March Through the Swamps

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The History Press, 2010 - History - 190 pages
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Major General William T. Sherman’s march from Savannah, Georgia, to Columbia, South Carolina, was marked by a battle with an unrelenting enemy: the swamps of the Palmetto State. For more than two weeks, Sherman’s veterans faced an unforgiving quagmire, coupled by daily skirmishes with gallant bands of outnumbered Confederates. Along the way, a ruined countryside and wrecked towns marked the path of an army unlike any “since the days of Julius Caesar.” It would take an army as adept with the axe as they were with the rifle to tame the rivers, tributaries and swamps of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Join historian Chris Crabb as he traces the steps of Sherman’s sixty-thousand-man army in its “amphibious march” from Beaufort to Columbia.
  

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Contents

Will They Invade UsWhere Is Their Army?
7
Youd Better Get Out We Are the Fifteenth Corps
13
There Goes Your Old Gospel Shop
21
They Are South Carolinians Not Americans
27
Here Began a Carnival of Destruction
35
Men Gasping in Death
45
Yanks You Better Leave This Country
63
Build Them Strong Catterson
69
The Most Complete Rout I Have Ever Witnessed
103
Only Those Who Were There Could Tell
107
As If a Knife Was Cutting the Flesh
117
The Men of This Army Surprise Me Every Day
123
A Conqueror through the Streets of Columbia
141
Forests Filled with Flames and PitchBlack Smoke
147
The Language Would Create Consternation
155
The Army Marched Triumphantly into Humiliated Columbia
161

Those Fellows Are Trying to Stop Us
75
Nothing in South Carolina Was Held Sacred
81
A Hasty Visit to Mr Simms
87
The Plantations Now Looked Desolate
97
Notes
169
Bibliography
181
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About the author (2010)

Growing up in the shadow of Sherman's battlegrounds near Orangeburg, South Carolina, Christopher Crabb is a graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. A gospel minister, Crabb and his wife, Julia, returned to South Carolina in 2008, now calling Colleton County home.