War and Ruin: William T. Sherman and the Savannah Campaign (The American Crisis Series: Books on the Civil War Era)

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'I can make this march, and make Georgia howl.' -William Tecumseh Sherman The 'March to the Sea' shocked Georgians from Atlanta to Savannah. For the first time, suffering and carnage came to their very doorsteps in the form of 60,000 battle-hardened Union troops led by General William Tecumseh Sherman. In the late autumn of 1864, as his troops cut a four-week long path of terror through Georgia, Sherman accomplished his objective: to destroy civilian morale and with it their support for the Confederate cause. His actions elicited a passionate reaction as tales of his dastardly deeds and destruction burned Sherman's name into the Southern psyche. He became the ruthless personification of evil, an arch villain who made war on innocent women, children, and old men. But does the Savannah Campaign deserve the reputation it has been given? And was Sherman truly this brutal? In her new book War and Ruin, Anne J. Bailey examines this event and investigates just how much truth is behind the popular historical notions. Because Sherman's dash through Georgia was so terrifying, it left an indelible impression on the people who were unlucky enough to be in the Union army's way. Bailey contends that the psychological horror rather than the actual physical damage-which was not as devastating as believed-led to the wilting of Southern morale. This dissolution of resolve helped lead to ultimate Confederate defeat as well as to the development of Sherman's infamous reputation. Although he rarely carried out his threats to the South in full, Sherman's thunderous rhetoric nevertheless would resonate through the generations. War and Ruin looks at the 'March to the Sea' from its inception in Atlanta to its culmination in Savannah. This fascinating text is a chronicle of not just the campaign itself, but also a revealing description of how the people of Georgia were affected. War and Ruin brilliantly combines military history and human interest to achieve a convincing portrayal of what really happened in Sherman's epic effort to smash the Confederate spirit in Georgia.

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Anne J. Bailey is professor of history at Georgia College and State University.

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War and Ruin is the best, most concise history of Sherman's grand march from Atlanta to Savannah. The author clearly demostrates that hte fear of Sherman was more devastating to Southern morale than were the general's deeds. Sherman may have made good on his promise to 'make Georgia howl,' but he did not wage total war in the conventional sense. this innovative book proves Sherman was not so original―or cruel―after all, and that in war the threat of violence can be just as effective as actual destruction in subduing the enemy. (W. Todd Groce, executive director, Georgia Historical Society, author of Mountain Rebels)

Noted historian Anne Bailey's new book provides scholars and general readers alike with excellent insight into the changing nature of the Civil War and Sherman's major role in it. This slim volume puts to lie, yet again, the Lost Cause view of sherman. This is a book that deserves a wide reading. (John F. Marszalek, Mississippi State University)

This book is a clearly written and concise study of the March to the Sea and Sherman's capture of the city of Savannah at the end of December 1864. The book is liberally illustrated and there are three maps. Bailey provides a solid overview of Sherman's remarkable campaign. She points out that there was nothing that the Confederacy could do to stop Sherman, and further points out that while the March to the Sea was war on a grand scale, it was not total war as defined by Twentieth Century standards. She also points out that Sherman waged a more aggressive form of total war on the Indians in the years of the Civil War, but that history has instead focused on the March to the Sea since it brought the misery of war to Georgia for the first time. Bailey's different take on these events makes this book worth owning. (Eric J. Wittenberg Civil War News)

Professor Bailey's book makes a great case: Sherman may not have invented hard war, but he waged it ruthlessly and then promoted it more flamboyantly than any other American soldier. No wonder his name still curls lips here in Georgia. (Stephen Davis, book reivew editor of Blue & Gray magazine, author of Atlanta Will Fall)

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