Sherman's March

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Open Road Media, Mar 29, 2016 - History - 335 pages
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A New York Times–bestselling author’s account of the devastating military campaign that broke the Confederacy’s back in the last months of the Civil War.

In November 1864, just days after the reelection of President Abraham Lincoln, Gen. William T. Sherman vowed to “make Georgia howl.” The hero of Shiloh and his 65,000 Federal troops destroyed the great city of Atlanta, captured Savannah, and cut a wide swath of destruction through Georgia and the Carolinas on their way to Virginia. A scorched-earth campaign that continues to haunt the Southern imagination, Sherman’s “March to the Sea” and ensuing drive north was a crucial turning point in the War between the States.

Weaving together hundreds of eyewitness accounts, bestselling author Burke Davis tells the story of this infamous episode from the perspective of the Union soldiers and the Confederate men and women who stood in their path. Eloquent, heartrending, and vastly informative, Sherman’s March brilliantly examines one of the most polarizing figures in American military history and offers priceless insights into the enduring legacy of the Civil War.

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I had recently read a novel of historical fiction about the end of the American Civil War and decided to find out more about it. This book starts after the capture of Atlanta and follows Sherman and ... Read full review

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Narrative account of Sherman's march through Gerorgia and the Carolina's in the American Civil War. The author through eyewitness accounts charts the effect on the civilians and slaves who were in the ... Read full review


He believes in hard war
I can make Georgia howl
Ill have to harden my heart
The most gigantic pleasure expedition
We never wanted to fight
Our degradation was bitter
I dont war on women and children
Even the sun seemed to hide its face
The day of Jubilo has come
For the first time I am ashamed
Death to all foragers
Rebels have no rights
Kilpatricks shirttail skedaddle
I can whip Joe Johnston
He shall have no rest
They dont drive worth a damn

An inhuman barbarous proceeding
Ive got Savannah
A Christmas gift
An almost criminal dislike of the Negro
No such army since the days of Julius Caesar
Well destroy no private property
Splendid legs Splendid legs
Whos doing this surrendering anyhow?
Sherman has fatally blundered
Washington is as corrupt as hell
They march like the lords of the world

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Burke Davis (1913–2006) was an American author and journalist best known for his narrative histories of the Civil War, including To Appomattox: Nine April Days, 1865 (1959), Sherman’s March (1980), and The Last Surrender (1985). His acclaimed biographies of military and political figures include They Called Him Stonewall (1954), Gray Fox: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War (1956), Marine!: The Life of Chesty Puller (1962), and Old Hickory: A Life of Andrew Jackson (1977). A longtime special projects writer for Colonial Williamsburg, Davis also published many works of historical nonfiction for young readers. His numerous honors include the Mayflower Cup, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and election to the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

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