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In 1864 William Tecumseh Sherman led a throbbing, hooting, violent river of 62,000 soldiers through the heart of the American South, looting, pillaging, trailing plunder, stealing animals, and dazing civilians. The raucous swath of devastation stretched from Atlanta to the sea at Savannah and brought the Confederacy to its knees.

More than a hundred years later, Jerry Ellis, inveterate traveler, storyteller and adventurer, set off to walk from...
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In 1864 William Tecumseh Sherman led a throbbing, hooting, violent river of 62,000 soldiers through the heart of the American South, looting, pillaging, trailing plunder, stealing animals, and dazing civilians. The raucous swath of devastation stretched from Atlanta to the sea at Savannah and brought the Confederacy to its knees.

More than a hundred years later, Jerry Ellis, inveterate traveler, storyteller and adventurer, set off to walk from Atlanta to Savannah using Sherman's route as his guide. Searching for the living, breathing artifacts of a nation's most bitter war, Ellis was also a man in search of his own South. He knew the South as a place of complexities and contradictions, of manners and blood-grudges, of change and timelessness.

In today's South, Ellis not only found living memories of the Great Lost Cause - and, in one case, of General Sherman himself - but a vibrant American culture of blacks and whites, of young people and old timers grappling with such issues as racism and social justice. His many experiences, from meeting folk heroes to sleeping by cemeteries, helped him realize that what he was looking for was all around him.

A touching memoir that unflinchingly examines the historical, philosophical, and emotional issues that we inherit from our past, Marching Through Georgia recounts the author's journey from Atlanta to Savannah, retracing General Sherman's march, examining the scars left by the Civil War, and answering questions about what it's like to be Southern.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ellis, author of previous books on long walks (Walking the Trail, about the Cherokee Trail of Tears; Bareback!, about the route of the Pony Express) here follows the route of William T. Sherman's Civil War march through Georgia. Ellis's purpose is to reestablish his Southern roots and reconnect with his late father. He offers a series of anecdotes and vignettes that focus on the people he encounters along the way, seasoned with occasional references to the Union presence over a century ago. The result is a book about seemingly ordinary people who do seemingly ordinary things, from drinking whisky to tending goats, that under Ellis's deft stylistic touch and wry sense of humor become extraordinary. Some of the vignettes reinforce Southern gothic stereotypes; nevertheless, this is a work to be savored. (Oct.)
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Ellis (Bareback, LJ 9/15/93) shares his new adventure-following Sherman's 1864 March to the Sea from Atlanta to Savannah-undertaken to honor his dead father and to get close to the heart of the South. Whether he is chatting with storekeepers as he rests along his journey or with his hosts at a home filled with Civil War furniture and relics, the author collects tales of the Old South. As each person shares his or her story and hospitality, we are given a peek into that individual's life, as much in the present as in the past. Ellis intersperses among the stories historical facts about the Civil War. Besides experiencing the war, we discover what it meant and still means to be a Southerner. This book sheds new light on an important part of our history. Recommended for general collections.-Lucille Corbo, MLS, Scranton, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385311847
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Ellis is the author of Walking to Canterbury: A Modern Journey Through Chaucer's Medieval England, Bareback! One Man's Journey along the Pony Express Trail, Marching through Georgia: My Walk with Sherman, and Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey Along the Cherokee Trail of Tears.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    this book is sappy as yellow pine in spring. 50 year old guy liv

    this book is sappy as yellow pine in spring. 50 year old guy lives at
    home with daddy and mother. walks across georgia. horny as the live long
    day. i hate when people say things like, they study the civil war to
    find our what it means to be an ameican. what? the civil war is a great
    and interesting story. if the author wants to know what it means to be a
    southerner, he should investigate why he is still under the apron
    strings of mother, at fifty--and not study a military movement a century
    and a half ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2004

    Fine, funny compelling audio book

    Read by the author himself, this is a gripping story and an ideal Christmas gift for anyone interested in the Civil War or simply the complex South.

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