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Sherman's march through the Carolinas.
Barrett, John G.
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Publication Information:
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 1956.
Physical Description:
viii, 325 pages, maps (on lining papers) 24 cm
Reading Level:
1560 Lexile.
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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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Following Abbreviations Have Been Used, In The Footnotes
Chapter I Tent Pins Under A Magnoliap. 3
Chapter II ""War Is War""p. 13
Chapter III ""Desire to Wreak Vengeance""p. 27
Chapter IV Sherman Is Stuck Surep. 44
Chapter V ""All Is Confusion and Turmoil""p. 63
Chapter VI ""Night Turned into Noonday""p. 71
Chapter VII ""Death to All Foragers""p. 95
Chapter VIII A Morning Call on Kilpatrickp. 117
Chapter IX Sugar and Oats but No Shoesp. 135
Chapter X Resistance at Averasborop. 148
Chapter XI Battle of Bentonvillep. 159
Chapter XII ""Luxuriating in the . . . Spring Weather""p. 186
Chapter XIII Two Old Men and a White Flagp. 203
Chapter XV ""Beautiful Raleigh, City of Oaks""p. 245
Chapter XVI The General and a Ladyp. 256
Chapter XVII From Glory to Disreputep. 267
Bibliographyp. 282
Indexp. 311