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Sherman's March: The First Full-Length Narrative of General William T. Sherman's Devastating March through Georgia and the Carolinas Paperback – May 12, 1988
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The book opens with the fall of Atlanta, and ends with Sherman's army marching triumphantly through the streets of Washington in the Grand Review. In between, Burke deals with the battles of Averasboro and Bentonville, as well as various skirmishes and demonstrations, but this is not a campaign book, full of detailed military maneuvers. My copy doesn't have a single map other than the one on the inside cover of the book. Instead, this book concentrates on the march itself, using hundreds of eyewitness accounts, both of civilians, and soldiers of both sides, to bring to life this incredible and terrible event.
Though Mr. Davis is a Southerner, his account is largely a fair one. Sherman is neither presented as a devil or a hero, and a fair attempt was made to give an account that balanced the outrage of the Southerners with the reasons that Sherman believed his march to be necessary. Davis covers everything of significance, including the reactions of the politicians and generals to Sherman's bold maneuver, his capture of three Confederate State Capitols, and his burning of one of them.Read more ›
1. It is full of so many personal accounts of the events (from Union men and Southern civilians) that it fills out the events. The March comes alive and you realize that this REALLY happened and that real human beings were affected by it.
2. It is never dry. Some military history books get so wrapped up in the movements of individual regiments, etc. that you feel as if the writer is more interested in showing how much detailed study they have done than relating the event in its many dimensions. This book never grows dry. This is certainly not a tactical history, but it is never grows boring.
3. Sherman emerges as a complex man who has a genuine affection for people, but at the same time believes that the best thing for the nation is quick suppression of the rebellion and the restoration of the Union - to this end he is willing to take war to a new level.
4. The brutality of the war comes out in full force - from atrocities, willful and meaningless destruction, quick death, and the pain of those caught up in the midst of it.
If you're looking for a great book for some summer or vacation reading and you're fascinated by the Civil War, this is a great book to pick up.
This book accurately depicts the experience of the 65,000 Federal troops who made this march. It clearly illustrates the complete inability of the Confederacy to defend itself, the breakdown of organized resistance and the subsequent impact on the South's population. Sherman's uncontested march through Georgia and the Carolinas represents the final nail in the Confederacy's coffin. After Lincoln's presidential victory in November 1864 one can only wonder why the South did not sue for peace. They must have known, had to have realized, that the end was only a matter of time. European recognition had been laid to rest 18 months earlier.
In a very real sense, the South visited the horror of Sherman's March upon themselves. After reading this book you get a good feeling for the serious disconnect, the complete lack of effective communication, between Confederate field commanders and their government's civilian administration. This book is an awesome accomplishment: It is a poignant testament to why there will never be a William T Sherman High School in Georgia, South or North Carolina.
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I picked this book to get a better understanding on how this part of the Civil War unfolded. Love the use of sources showing how those in the path reacted, especially southern... Read morePublished 4 months ago by RKM
The unique thing about Burke's book on Sherman 's March is it isn't a book about a military campaign. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Opinionator
Great book, great price. I highly recommend this to my friends.Published 6 months ago by Robert H. Desantiago
This is a solid account of an important event in Civil War history, although your view of Sherman may change. He certainly does not come across as a hero. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JoeyP2
great reading on our couvtry's history. i recommend this book.Published 9 months ago by Diane Martindale
Fascinating insight to Sherman and his way of making "Total War" on the southern people. I got the impression that Sherman actually liked the south but felt that because of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Christa Hoisington
The war criminal Sherman should have been hung. The fact that his atrocities were ignored by Lincoln and Grant proves just how little they cared for justice when the victims were... Read morePublished 12 months ago by bob turnley