Riding on the wave of his victory at Atlanta, Union General W. T. Sherman abandoned his supply lines in an attempt to push his forces into Confederate territory and take Savannah. During the entirety of their 285-mile 'March to the Sea,' the army lived off the land and destroyed all war-making capabilities of the enemy en route. 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.
David Smith is a freelance writer on a variety of subjects. His main area of interest in US military history. He attended the University of Iowa and University of Hull for his degree in American Studies. He then completed his MA with distinction at the University of Liverpool in Military Studies, his thesis was on the American Revolution. He intends to complete his PhD on the American Civil War, and has been offered a fellowship by the University of Chester. He now lives in Chester, UK. The author lives in Chester, UK.