The History Channel Presents Sherman's March
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In November 1864, Sherman and an army of 60,000 troops began their month-long march from Atlanta to Savannah. Burning crops, destroying bridges and railroads, and laying waste to virtually everything in his path, Sherman moved relentlessly to the sea, crushing the South s will to fight.
Through cutting-edge CGI battle scenes and dramatizations based on contemporary sources, SHERMAN S MARCH mixes the sweep of large-scale military strategy with intimate stories of the women, the slaves, and the soldiers who fought on both sides. Shot in hi-definition, SHERMAN S MARCH is both a lavish documentary and a gripping portrait of the complicated man who coined the phrase War is Hell and came to be called the father of modern, total warfare.
DVD Features: Full-Length Documentary Sherman s Total War Tactics episode of Save Our History ; History in the Making: Sherman s March Behind the Scenes Featurette
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I would have thought Sherman's March was just a line through part of the country. This documentary showed that he and his troops made a V-shaped pattern. In history classes, I heard little besides "Sherman's March helped to end the Civil War, now onto something different!" This work goes into detail about his strategy. He tried to traverse places that he knew would have food for his troops and their horses. He retaliated when Confederate troops tried various tactics.
Many historians have emphasized that abolitionists just opposed slavery; they wouldn't have lifted a finger to fight segregation, employment discrimination, or anti-miscegenation laws. Here, we learn that Sherman and some of his disciples did not think highly of the slaves they liberated. The works spell out that they were oppressive even as their military actions brought freedom. I'm glad this work didn't dance around this fact and didn't pretend that Sherman was loved by all or should be loved by modern citizens.
The work is made entirely of reenactments, but they are not cheesy like in most documentaries. Because of their high-quality, they recycle a lot of scenes and it gets repetitive. This documentary uses a lot of the fancy camera tricks that Vince McMahon wanted to use in his XFL program.
This is definitely a must have to anyone interested in Sherman and his March.
I'd love to go back and get my history teachers to show this. It's a great look at not only a key figure in the civil war but it also has a lot of good information on the war in general. It squashes a lot of myths and rumors in regards to Sherman (one example is that he targeted supply lines and buildings, not innocent people like many think). If you have any interest in the civil war, I recommend taking the time to watch this.
That's why Sherman's March was such a pleasant surprise. I rated the presentation with a solid four stars, with the thought that it might have been five if I were re-enactment friendlier. I can say that it was a very enjoyable and informative 94 minutes I spent watching this presentation. This dvd is a very good presentation of this important and controversial chapter of the war. The re-enacting in this one was well done. While the twenty-first century re-enactors are neither as lean and hungry nor as raggedy as Sherman's bummers or especially the Confederates who tried to stop them, they do give the viewer a good visual sense of things like close-order marching and massed troops assaulting a fortified position-- things Burns' use of stills couldn't do. At the same time, though, as in many re-enactment heavy documentaries some of the same footage was used over and again throughout the feature, always a bit of a frustration. For those more interested in the process of re-enactments than I am, the behind the scenes "History in the Making" featurette is a nice bonus addition to the dvd.
"War is hell," Sherman famously said and his March to the Sea, from Atlanta to Savannah and then the subsequent push northward through the Carolinas to Virginia were proof of that for the Confederacy's civilian population.Read more ›
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We need more documentary works like this. Americans often cherry pick our history. When these same war practices were later used in foreign countries, it was considered horrid... Read morePublished 15 months ago by SHEILA
A lot of the war information was based on notes he had written in his diary; written by Theordore F. UpsonPublished 22 months ago by Sharon Upson
this is another victors historys.Sherman was a monster.he thought murder rape and pillage was a good thing to do to defenseless people was fine.Grant was the same way. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Michael Rybikowsky
Enjoyed the movie and the way it was presented. I was glad to add this movie to my collection of Civil War items.Published on December 30, 2013 by slaphappy
A fairly interesting account of Sherman's action taken in the deep South during the Civil War. One thing that really impreses me is that much of action taking place in the 1860's... Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by R. Jensen
What an easy task, to make Georgia howl, when all her soldiers were away with the Army of Tennessee with Hood, attacking Franklin.
Great gamble? No. Read more
I have read of Sherman march through the South in history class during my High-school years, however, reading is nothing compared watching the march on DVD. What a great movie!Published on May 4, 2013 by Ramon
Another item that I purchased to use with 8th grade social studies classes at our school. Thorough coverage of Sherman's march.Published on May 1, 2013 by Helen
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