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After 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 Details

ISBN: 9781893114166
ISBN-10: 1893114163
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 155mm x 12mm)
Pages: 120
Imprint: McWhiney Foundation Press
Publisher: McWhiney Foundation Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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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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