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The History Channel Presents Sherman's March (2007)

Bill Oberst Jr.  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bill Oberst Jr.
  • Format: NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T28PFQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,000 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The History Channel Presents Sherman's March" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

General William Tecumseh Sherman s scorched-earth strategy against the South helped end the Civil War and in the process changed military strategy forever. In SHERMAN S MARCH, THE HISTORY CHANNEL explores his brutal and effective campaign, which arguably saved the Lincoln presidency, the Union, and thousands of lives on both sides--and made Sherman one of the most hated and misunderstood figures in American history.

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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Uncle Billy!" November 29, 2007
Civil War recreationists would love this work. Maybe some volunteered as actors for it. People who love beards will like it too because every man here is sporting one.

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.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Billy July 16, 2008
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This is a great reenactment, presentation. It's not dull like some documentaries that just talk on and on with the same guy for an hour. This includes several different people knowledgeable in their respective fields be it civilian or military historian. Also it includes many re-en actors that will take part in the roles of Sherman and the men under his command, helping to take you back to that time in 1864 to let you experience it as if you were there.

This is definitely a must have to anyone interested in Sherman and his March.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad history of Sherman's March August 2, 2009
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For a brief introduction to Sherman's March, you can't go wrong with this DVD. I happened to be reading Shelby Foot's Civil War, which is a more in depth exploration of Sherman's March, but as a primer or introduction to what Sherman did in his march and why, you can't go wrong w/this dvd.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over and Above History Class August 6, 2010
When I was in school, General Sherman was underrated. Sure, we'd spend about 20 minutes talking about him and his march through the south but it was so incomplete it was almost worthless to talk about him as the lessons didn't really reveal much of anything.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sherman's March January 7, 2009
This is a very good depiction of the impact Sherman's March from Atlanta to Savannah and onward to Columbia had on the overall winning of the Civil War by the Union. There is no doubt that Sherman's strategy caused the Southern States to give up their fight for autonomy and separation from the Union. This DVD is highly recommended as it completes the overall picture of the Civil War and clarifies some potential misconceptions about Sherman's March. Buy It.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well-produced Documentary February 16, 2011
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When it comes to Civil War documentaries, count me in the Ken Burns fan base. Re-enactment based videos always seem just a bit, well, cheesy to me after watching and re-watching Burns's masterful treatment of archival stills that seem almost to come to life and which, for the most part appear more lively than most re-enactment presentations.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great-Great Grandfathers diary
A lot of the war information was based on notes he had written in his diary; written by Theordore F. Upson
Published 6 months ago by Sharon Upson
1.0 out of 5 stars saint sherman?
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 more
Published 9 months ago by Michael Rybikowsky
5.0 out of 5 stars CIVIL WAR BUFF
Enjoyed the movie and the way it was presented. I was glad to add this movie to my collection of Civil War items.
Published 9 months ago by slaphappy
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice documentry
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 more
Published 17 months ago by R. Jensen
2.0 out of 5 stars War crimes of a U.S. general-- A good thing?
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
Published 17 months ago by V. R. Padgett
5.0 out of 5 stars History
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 17 months ago by Ramon
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherman's March
Another item that I purchased to use with 8th grade social studies classes at our school. Thorough coverage of Sherman's march.
Published 18 months ago by Helen
Published 18 months ago by Mark Waywood
4.0 out of 5 stars Sherman's March
Good acting. Makes one understand what was meant by "total war". It gave me some insight into General Sherman's character as he led his troop through the state of Georgia... Read more
Published 20 months ago by c. robert tate
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Marches of History
I was very fascinated by Gen. Sherman's March. It was bold and daring and Sherman did some extraordinary planning to keep his army on the move. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Velcro
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