Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea

Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea

by Noah Andre Trudeau
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Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea by Noah Andre Trudeau

Award-winning Civil War historian Noah Andre Trudeau has written a gripping, definitive account that will stand as the last word on General William Tecumseh Sherman's epic march—a targeted strategy aimed to break not only the Confederate army but an entire society as well. Sherman's swath of destruction spanned more than sixty miles in width and virtually cut Georgia in two. He led more than 60,000 Union troops to blaze a path from Atlanta to Savannah, ordering his men to burn crops, kill livestock, and lay waste to everything that fed the Rebel war machine.

Told through the intimate and engrossing writings of Sherman's soldiers and the civilians who suffered in their wake, Southern Storm paints a vibrant picture of an event that would forever change America's course.

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ISBN-13: 9780060598686
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/04/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 416,330
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Noah Andre Trudeau is the author of Gettysburg. He has won the Civil War Round Table of New York's Fletcher Pratt Award and the Jerry Coffey Memorial Prize. A former executive producer at National Public Radio, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
This terrific historical takes a fascinating deep look at Sherman's "march to the sea" in 1864 in which his superior Grant had major doubts about the supply line reaching the troops. Noah Andre Trudeau makes the case that the destruction across Georgia was not as total as some believe due to the assault on key commercial targets and somewhat civilians hit by the elite Northern Army. Instead, the march was less destructive than other Civil War battles and only considered harsh and damaging because for much of the war, Georgia was immune due to its location in the Deep South and away from the Mississippi. The goal of the march was psychological as Sherman and his army brought home to the Confederacy no place is safe. Additionally, Mr. Trudeau reminds readers that key information was provided to the Union army by liberated slaves yet Sherman proved ever the racist when he discarded the freed bondsmen once he used them. This is a super account that will open the eyes of the audience. Harriet Klausner
JD71 More than 1 year ago
Well written. Well researched. The Author obviously loves his topic.
Lovermost More than 1 year ago
Some other readers have criticized this book as being tedious in its details. Sadly, they miss the point. A march across hundreds of miles over weeks and weeks is quite a different story to tell than a battle that rages for three hours. Trudeau is to be commended for finding a way to gather up hundreds of little stories into a grand saga that is far messier to relate because it is, well, a far messier story. Better than any other book I have ever read, it drives home how a commanding general is never more than somewhat in command. He must focus on what he can control and accept what he cannot, even if he personally would prefer that things be different. As Trudeau presents each thread of the story, one can see him struggling himself to decide was this greatness or madness, a bold stroke of goodness to end the war or a sad tale of taking war to a new level. Of this you can be sure - almost everything anyone ever told you before about Sherman's March to the Sea is likely so far from the truth as to be more fiction than history.
tenderfoot More than 1 year ago
The Southern Storm is intriguing narrative of the last days of the Confederate Army's existence. The inablity of the rebels to stop the Union Army when it marched through the heart of the South. The details of the distruction of every public building and at the same time abuses of the civilian population were revealing and disturbing. Any history buffs will find Southern Storm interesting and informative.
Perez More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed this book and have been surprised at the shear size of Shermans armies that went through Georgia. The book has much more information than other popular books on the march through Georgia.
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