Last Train from Atlanta
"Like Carthage or Troy of an earlier generation, Warsaw or Manila of a later, Atlanta was doomed by its own desirability. The North sought it with the singleness of purpose of a hawk. Like a 'besom of destruction' Major General William Tecumseh Sherman led an army of one hundred thousand seasoned veterans out of Tennessee, their first and major goal -- Atlanta. Hardened by fury and the disappointments of three years of civil warfare, this huge 'Military Divison of the Mississippi' composed of three distinct armies, was perhaps the greatest fighting machine the world had ever seen"--Prolouge.
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