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The March to the Sea

Sherman Drives Across Georgia to Savannah

by William T. Sherman

The most controversial general to emerge from the Civil War was William T. Sherman, an indelible figure whose march through Georgia and the Carolinas typified his unrelenting style of warfare that showed the South no quarter. “War is cruelty,” he observed, and his strategy was to inflict maximum pain and suffering on his Confederate enemy, “to teach them a lesson.” He hated the idea of secession even more than he loved the South from the days of his earlier experience there. Sherman’s Memoirs may not be as direct as Grant’s, but they make no compromise. They are the work of an intelligent and literate man who brought to modern warfare a new sensibility that was later to become a subject of ongoing debate. Here is his account of the march from Atlanta to Savannah in November and December 1864, the prelude to Confederate surrender.

The March to the Sea details:

ISBN: 978-1-937853-48-8

Words: 23,839

Pages: 52

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