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James Everett Kibler"A shrewd viewer of the war scene in Columbia, famed Southern writer William Gilmore Simms published stinging, courageous exposés of the doings of the Northern forces, even when threatened with arrest. The restoration of his candid firsthand accounts of the destruction wrought by Sherman’s forces against the South Carolina capital and its inhabitants is a great service to all who study and appreciate Southern history and literature. David Aiken’s detailed introduction to A City Laid Waste offers us the context for better understanding the historical and current significance of these reports of invasion, terror, and mass destruction by U.S. troops during wartime."
—author of Our Fathers’ Fields and founding editor of the Simms Review