Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea

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Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea

Author: Noah Andre Trudeau
Publisher: Harper
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 688
Cover Price: $ 35.00

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Civil War historian Noah Andre Trudeau has written a new 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. With Lincoln's hard-fought reelection victory in hand, Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union forces, allowed Sherman to lead the largest and riskiest operation of the war. Trudeau explains why General Sherman's name is still anathema below the Mason-Dixon Line, especially in Georgia, where he is remembered as "the one who marched to the sea with death and devastation in his wake."

Told through the diaries and letters of Sherman's soldiers and the civilians who suffered in their path, Southern Storm paints a vivid picture of an event that would forever change the course of America.

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William Tecumseh Sherman fought a war of destruction in Georgia, aimed at destroying the South's will and ability to fight. General Sherman took the battle to the heart of the Confederacy when he marched his army through Georgia to the sea, inflicting the maximum destruction on the land as he passed through. Georgia was the southernmost and last of the original thirteen colonies on the Atlantic seaboard. The survey line between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the work of two surveyors Mason and Dixon between 1763 and 1767, has come to represent the divide between the free North and the slaveholding South.