Marching Through Georgia: My Walk with Sherman

Marching Through Georgia: My Walk with Sherman

by Jerry Ellis


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Marching Through Georgia: My Walk with Sherman by Jerry Ellis

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385311847
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/1996
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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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Marching Through Georgia: My Walk with Sherman 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tandm More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the book and listened to an earlier audio version of the author's walk from Atlanta to Savannah. This new CD is even better with sound quality and is read by the author, who is also a professional speaker. It'll make you laugh and cry and especially if you're interested in the Civil War or the South, past and present.