Sherman's March to the Sea 1864

Atlanta to Savannah

Sherman's March to the Sea 1864 cover


The March to the Sea was the culmination of Union General William T. Sherman's 1864 campaign during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and was a devastating example of "total war." Confederate hopes in 1864 hinged on frustrating Union forces in the field and forcing Abraham Lincoln out of office in the November elections. However, this optimism was dampened by Sherman's success in the battle of Atlanta that same year.

Riding on the wave of this victory, Sherman hoped to push his forces into Confederate territory, but his plan was hindered by a Confederate threat to the army's supply lines.
After much delay, he boldly chose to abandon these, forcing the army to live off the land for the entirety of the 285-mile march to Savannah, destroying all war-making capabilities of the enemy en route, and inflicting suffering not only on Confederate troops, but also on the civilian population. Despite the vilification that this brutal tactic earned him, the march was a success.

Supported by contemporary photographs, detailed maps, bird's eye views, and battlescene artwork, this title explores the key personalities, strategies, and significant engagements of the march, including the battles of Franklin and Nashville, and the ultimate fall of Savannah to the Union, to provide a detailed analysis of the campaign that marked the "beginning of the end" of the American Civil War.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Campaign/Chronology/Opposing Commanders/Opposing armies/Opposing plans/The March to the Sea: Part 1/Hood's Tennessee Campaign/Orders of Battle: The Battle of Nashville/The March to the Sea: Part 2/Orders of Battle: The March to the Sea/ Aftermath/The Battlefield Today/Bibliography/Index

Product details

Published Feb 27 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846030352
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 4 b/w; 71 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 179
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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