Sherman's March to the Sea

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In the fall of 1864 after his triumphant capture of Atlanta, Union Gen. William T. Sherman mobilized 62,000 of his veteran troops and waged destructive war across Georgia, from Atlanta to Savannah. Unhappy with the killing and maiming of Union and Confederate soldiers in combat blood baths. Sherman decided on purposeful destruction, hoping to insure fewer casualties while helping bring the war to an end as quickly as possible. He repeatedly promised Southerners that he would wage a hard war but would tender a ...
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Overview

In the fall of 1864 after his triumphant capture of Atlanta, Union Gen. William T. Sherman mobilized 62,000 of his veteran troops and waged destructive war across Georgia, from Atlanta to Savannah. Unhappy with the killing and maiming of Union and Confederate soldiers in combat blood baths. Sherman decided on purposeful destruction, hoping to insure fewer casualties while helping bring the war to an end as quickly as possible. He repeatedly promised Southerners that he would wage a hard war but would tender a soft peace once the South stopped fighting. The general was true to his word on both counts.
In studying a main element of the Lost Cause view of the Civil War, award-winning author John F. Marszalek recounts the march's destructive details, analyzes William T. Sherman's strategy, and describes white and black southern reaction. The result is a gripping tale which demonstrates both how the march affected the Confederacy's last days and how it continues to influence Americans at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
John F. Marszalek is Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Mississippi State University. He is the author of twelve books and numerous articles, including Commander of All Lincoln's Armies, A Life of Henry W. Halleck (2004).
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Editorial Reviews

The NYMAS Review
"This work is likely to be valuable for anyone interested in the Civil War, and particularly for those interested in the 'Lost Cause" myth."
H-Civil War Net
A brief but splendid account of this much maligned general and his famous campaign. The author's argument is compelling and his writing is clear and crisp. The book contains two maps, twenty biographical sketches, and thirteen illustrations, and it is an excellent addition to the Campaigns and Commanders series.
Curled Up with a Good Book
"4 stars--Like previous titles in the Civil War Campaigns and Commanders series, this is a good book. . . . This book is a joy to read, not a complicated or dry history of the March. Civil War enthusiasts will like this book."
Eclectic Homeschool Online
". . . what is so inviting about the entire series is the depth and length to which Civil War Campaign and Commanders writers go to tell more than just battlefield statistics."
Midwest Book Review
". . . a no-nonsense examination . . . [and] an absorbing portrait of a complex man."
Civil War Book Review
This brief study, from one of the premiere scholars on Sherman's 1864 campaign, examines Sherman's strategy and how it affected the end of the Confederacy. It delves into the reactions that those in the North and the South had to the campaign and how it continues to influence Americans to this day.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893114166
  • Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Civil War Campaigns and Commanders Series, #26
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,182,356
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author


JOHN F. MARSZALEK is Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Mississippi State University. The author of twelve books and numerous articles, his most recent book is Commander of All Lincoln's Armies, A Life of Henry W. Halleck (2004).
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