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The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta
     

The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta

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by Marc Wortman
 

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The Bonfire is the epic story of the besieged city and its townspeople, and of how Atlanta came to be the key to the South. The most terrible city siege in American history took place in Atlanta in 1864.

Nothing was quite what it seemed in Civil War Atlanta: Sherman, who made Georgia howl, was as unreconstructed a racist at the end of the war as at the

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The Bonfire is the epic story of the besieged city and its townspeople, and of how Atlanta came to be the key to the South. The most terrible city siege in American history took place in Atlanta in 1864.

Nothing was quite what it seemed in Civil War Atlanta: Sherman, who made Georgia howl, was as unreconstructed a racist at the end of the war as at the beginning; Union troops and Confederate forces laughed and sang together from opposite ends of the Chattahoochee River before slaughtering each other in the hellacious final conflict; Atlanta's Mayor Calhoun remained a staunch believer in the Union despite waging war against it; and a handful of slaves-like Bob Yancey, who surrendered the city to Sherman's forces alongside the town's leading citizens-exited the war freed of slavery's yoke, and among the wealthiest citizens of a devastated city that would become the engine of the New South. With the compelling, interwoven, and often surprising life stories of a colorful cast of characters, Marc Wortman recreates the age, city, and siege where the Confederacy met its destiny.

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James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom
“Next to Richmond, Atlanta was the most important Confederate city by 1864. Its fall in September of that year signaled the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. Among the many books about General William T. Sherman's Atlanta campaign, The Bonfire stands out for its focus on the experience of Atlantans themselves. Marc Wortman's vivid narrative proves that war is indeed hell.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586488192
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
328,108
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Marc Wortman is an award-winning freelance journalist and independent scholar. His articles and essays have appeared in many national magazines. He is the author of The Millionaires' Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Air Power.

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The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This work is outstanding in it's presentation of the thoughts, fears and anxieties of the inhabitants of Atlanta as Gen Sherman and three Union armies virtually surrounded the city and preceeded to pummel it with shot and shell. While touching on the highlights of the battle scenes, starting with Johnston's continous retreating finally leading to his replacement by Hood, the emphasis is placed on the biographical accounts of a good variety of individuals, some who came from the North to make it rich and some whose southern blood boiled at the mere mention of the Union General's name. The internal conflict of Mayor Calhoun, who was not a secessionist but was wholeheartedly for the Confederacy's right of existence, is adeptly portrayed as he tries to balance his adherence to moral and ethical principles with the contemptuous and sometimes malicious attitudes of the authorities who seemed to know no boundries when acertaining what was required for the sucess of the southern cause. The early beginnings of Atlanta are broadly described as well as it's tranformation into one of the most commercially important cities in the south. Overall this book was a captivating read and difficult to put down until the last page was finished.
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