Sherman's March to the Sea
By (author) John F. Marszalek
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Sherman's March to the Sea by John F. Marszalek
Book DescriptionAfter his triumphant capture of Atlanta in the fall of 1864, Union General William T. Sherman mobilized 62,000 of his veteran troops and waged destructive war across Georgia, from Atlanta to Savannah. Unhappy with the killing and maiming of Union and Confederate soldiers in combat blood baths, he decided on purposeful destruction, hoping to insure fewer casualties while helping bring the war to an end as quickly as possible. He repeatedly promised southerners that he would wage a hard war but would tender a soft peace once they stopped fighting. He was true to his word on both counts. In studying a main element of the Lost Cause view of the Civil War, award-winning author John F. Marszalek recounts the March's destructive details, analyzes William T. Sherman's strategy, and describes white and black southern reaction. The result is a gripping tale which demonstrates both how the March affected the Confederacy's last days and how it continues to influence Americans at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781893114166
(229mm x 155mm x 12mm)
Imprint: McWhiney Foundation Press
Publisher: McWhiney Foundation Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John F. Marszalek
Sherman, Paperback (November 2007)
A biography of William Tecumseh Sherman, the Civil War commander known for his "destructive war" policy against Confederates and as a consummate soldier. It traces Sherman's involvement in the Mexican War in late 1840s, his years battling prospectors and deserting soldiers in gold-rush California, and his 1850 marriage to his foster sister, Ellen.
Commander of All Lincoln's Armies, Hardback (November 2004)View all books by John F. Marszalek
In the first comprehensive biography of President Lincoln's chief war advisor from 1862-1864, a prize-winning historian recreates the life of a man of enormous achievement who bungled his most important mission. Marszalek unearths the seeds of Halleck's fatal wartime indecisiveness in personality traits and health problems.
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Author Biography - John F. Marszalek
John F. Marszalek is Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Mississippi State University. The author of twelve books and numerous articles, his most recent book is Commander of All Lincoln's Armies, A Life of Henry W. Halleck (2004).
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