Sherman's March: The First Full-Length Narration of General William T. Sherman's Devastating March Through Georgia and the Carolinas

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Sherman's March is the vivid narrative of General William T. Sherman's devastating sweep through Georgia and the Carolinas in the closing days of the Civil War. Weaving together hundreds of eyewitness stories, Burke Davis graphically brings to life the dramatic experiences of the 65,000 Federal troops who plundered their way through the South and those of the anguished -- and often defiant -- Confederate women and men who sought to protect themselves and their family treasures, usually in vain. Dominating these ...
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Sherman's March is the vivid narrative of General William T. Sherman's devastating sweep through Georgia and the Carolinas in the closing days of the Civil War. Weaving together hundreds of eyewitness stories, Burke Davis graphically brings to life the dramatic experiences of the 65,000 Federal troops who plundered their way through the South and those of the anguished -- and often defiant -- Confederate women and men who sought to protect themselves and their family treasures, usually in vain. Dominating these events is the general himself -- "Uncle Billy" to his troops, the devil incarnate to the Southerners he encountered.

"What gives this narrative its unusual richness is the author's collation of hundreds of eyewitness accounts...The actions are described in the words, often picturesque and often eloquent, of those who were there, either as participants -- Union soldiers, Confederate soldiers -- in the fighting and destruction or as victims of Sherman's frank vow to 'make Georgia howl.' Mr. Davis intercuts these scenes with closeups of the chief actors in this nightmarish drama, and he also manages to give us a coherent historical account of the whole episode. A powerful illustration of the proposition put forth in Sherman's most famous remark." -- The New Yorker

The first full scale account of Sherman's devastating sweep through Georgia and the Carolinas in the closing days of the Civil War.

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"A well-researched narrative. It captures the mood of the soldiers, and it graphically depicts the suffering that the army inflicted on those unfortunate persons who happened to be in its path."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394757636
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1988
  • Series: Vintage Civil War Library Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 549,984
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2007

    Top-Notch Reading

    The Civil War and Sherman's march come alive in this book. Vivid descriptions of places and events, interwoven with quotes and narratives of the people, soldiers, politicians, and slaves who were involved in this campaign.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    Very informative

    Burke Davis does an excellent job of stringing together the events of Sherman's march through Georgia and the Carolina's. The book is full of not just military, but civilian occurances as well. Burke Davis put a lot of research into this book. It is written in a style that is very easy to follow. You don't have to be a military expert to follow the action. Recommended reading.

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