Sherman's March Through the Carolinas

Sherman's March Through the Carolinas

by John G. Barrett


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In retrospect, General William Tecumseh Sherman considered his march through the Carolinas the greatest of his military feats, greater even than the Georgia campaign. When he set out northward from Savannah with 60,000 veteran soldiers in January 1865, he was more convinced than ever that the bold application of his ideas of total war could speedily end the conflict. John Barrett's story of what happened in the three months that followed is based on printed memoirs and documentary records of those who fought and of the civilians who lived in the path of Sherman's onslaught. The burning of Columbia, the battle of Bentonville, and Joseph E. Johnston's surrender nine days after Appomattox are at the center of the story, but Barrett also focuses on other aspects of the campaign, such as the undisciplined pillaging of the 'bummers,' and on its effects on local populations.

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ISBN-13: 9780807845660
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/12/1996
Edition description: 2
Pages: 335
Sales rank: 393,912
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

John G. Barrett is professor emeritus of history at the Virginia Military Institute. He is author of several books, including The Civil War in North Carolina, and coeditor of North Carolina Civil War Documentary.

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A good story as well as a good scholarly and temperate account of a part of the Civil War which even yet can hardly be viewed without emotion.—New York Times Book Review

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Sherman's March Through the Carolinas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dhughes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author was very kind to Sherman. He provides many excuses for the path of destruction that was Sherman's army cut on their march to the sea. There is good detail on the surrender of Johnston and the deal that Sherman cut without the authority of Washington.