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Sherman's March

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s/t: The First Full-Length Narrative of General William T. Sherman's Devastating March through Georgia and the Carolinas
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 dr
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 12th 1988 by Vintage (first published 1980)
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Dave/Maggie Bean
"Jamison heard the band of a regiment from the XX Corps playing in the
red light, surrounded by cheering soldiers who taunted nearby civilians. One
young soldier shouted to an old man whose store was wrapped in flames: 'Did
you think of this when you hurrahed for Secession? How do you like it, hey?'"

"The Reverend Mr. Connor, a Methodist minister whose parsonage was burned,
emerged with a sick child wrapped in a blanket. A soldier seized the
blanket. 'No!', Connor said, 'he's sick'. The soldier tore o
Even though this book was published in the far ago, ancient past of 1980, Davis brings to the table a boatload of narrative I've not seen addressed to this degree elsewhere. As claimed, he certainly did his share of digging, through obscure and doubtless even difficult to locate local historical societies throughout the North and South. His reliance on these previously unknown journals, magazine articles and even books that have "fallen off the table" as it were makes this a very different sort ...more
Like so many of the narrative histories of the Civil War I've read (Part 1 of Shelby Foote's trilogy, Gods and Generals), this was a quick and very engaging read. Unlike those, however, this is one I would recommend to anyone who wants to do a bit of deep thinking on the nature of war and strategic warfare. The account attempts to be even-handed, showing Sherman's strengths and failures. It also paints the picture of a man who may have been a better strategist than tactician. The Army of the Wes ...more
Lynn Diane
Nov 23, 2012 Lynn Diane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Civil War geeks like me.
Shelves: will-read-again
Great book! I've always liked Sherman best of the Union generals. Ulysses S. Grant needed Sherman's enterprising genius.
1) '''You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty and you cannot refine it. ...You might as well appeal against the thunder-storm as against these terrible hardships of war. ...We don't want your Negroes, or your horses, or your houses, or your land, or anything you have, but we do want and will have first obedience to the laws of the United States...if it involves the destruction of your improvements, we cannot help it. ...But, my dear sirs, when peace does come, you may ...more
Theo Logos
When Lincoln won the election of 1864, any reasonable hope of winning the war, even of the most optimistic of Southerners, vanished. Yet still, they fought on, drawing out the bloody end game though its conclusion was already a certainty. General William T. Sherman had long considered that the war could not be won without completely breaking the will of the Southern people to continue fighting, and now, he was certain of it. His answer was to take war to the civilians - to pillage, burn, and des ...more
Strong,fair, accurate, well-researched, citations complete.

I didn't even know this book existed till I visited my favorite used bookstore, and there it stood, like a gift. Would I read an entire book about Sherman's march through Georgia to the sea? Oh, HELL yes!

To read this, you need a genuine interest in detail and research, and of course, the Civil War. I had read Sherman's memoirs, which were much lengthier, but thought it would be interesting to get an outside scholar's take on it. The wri
Burke Davis writes an incredible, readable account of Sherman's March to the sea in an effort to put an end to the Civil War. Davis does not play favorites and make the Union look like angels but tells exactly what happened as this massive force moved through Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. He puts a people face on the movement both from the soldiers of both sides as well as the non combatants whose lifes have been embroiled in this war for four long years. An excellent history!
Lots of great first hand accounts of Sherman’s historic march. Reads almost like historical fiction with a lot dialogue from Sherman himself down to the soldiers, the tag along slaves, and the citizens left in his wake. Interesting perspective on North Carolina’s role in the war and their fiercely independent governor Zubulon Vance as well. A lot of things have been said and written about Sherman’s March to the Sea, but I think this book gets it right. By focusing on the perspectives of those di ...more
A fantastic account of Sherman's punishing march through the south told in an easily digestible narrative. This book takes a forgiving look at the implications of Sherman's handling of liberated blacks along his route, addressing the subject in a manner that may generate criticism from some more learned readers than I, but that presented the journey as fury unleashed, an army loosened, with a design to buckle the will of the southern people. And as towns burn and resources are pillaged you endle ...more
Matthew Perry
I have very little patience for lost cause, southern sympathy when it comes to Sherman's march. Much of this book is told through the eyes of those poor southerners that did nothing wrong and had Sherman and his men pillage their land. Sherman was a military genius because he realized that total war was what was necessary in winning the Civil War. This book does little to shed light on the brilliance of the march and spends most of its time lamenting those terrible yankees. If you want your hear ...more
Tina D
REALLY enjoyed this book. Davis really did his homework through an extensive bibliography, and he includes so many first-hand accounts and quotations that you feel as if he were there reporting live!
Chris Langer
A highly interesting narrative of William Tecumseh Sherman's famed march through Georgia and the Carolinas in the concluding act of the Civil War. Burke Davis did a fantastic job digging through primary and secondary sources alike to craft a great read of a an important event in American history. I recommend it to anyone interested in Civil War history.
Andrew Moore
Love it! A chronicle of Sherman's March using eye witness accounts, including my great-great-grandfather's, who wrote a memoir about the march that's included in the book. But, also, it's Sherman! Celebrated strategic genius and a mean old cur.
if you like reading about the civil war then you know about Sherman's march to the sea; from Atlanta to the Carolinas. This is the best book i've read about this campaign. it reads like a novel; excellent story telling.
Adam Hill
This was a quick read, enjoyable, but somehow soulless. it recounts the march well enough, but does not provide much of the historical context around it. worth the time to read for sure, but not superlative.
Sean Chick
Excellent book which encompasses nearly all facets of Sherman's final and most famous Civil War campaign
Anthony Barbieri
A very informative read on what war is all about and his march through the South. "Make them Howl"
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