Category Sherman

The March and the myths

I came across this article about Maj Gen William T. Sherman’s march to the sea and the myths surrounding it. Well, many of them anyway. It does perpetuate the myth that Sherman burned Atlanta to the ground. According to the article, “Six weeks earlier in Atlanta–which he burned to the ground–the Union general and the […]

The Civil War; Interview with Ed Bearss

This is the full-length Ken Burns interview with Ed Bearss done for Burns’s miniseries, “The Civil War” on PBS. The description reads, “This is raw footage of an interview that Ken Burns conducted with Civil War historian Ed Bearss on July 14, 1986. In this interview, Bearss demonstrates his expansive knowledge on the events of […]

Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman

This is the Library of America edition of William Tecumseh Sherman’s memoirs, edited by Professor Charles Royster of Louisiana State University, which happens to descend from the Louisiana Seminary Sherman headed just prior to the Civil War. You can download and read other editions here, here, here, here, here, and here. Sherman had two editions […]

Rising in Flames: Sherman’s March and the Fight for a New Nation by Mr. J.D. Dickey

Here’s J. D. Dickey giving a presentation at the US Army Heritage and Education Center on William T. Sherman’s March to the Sea and a little bit on his Carolina Campaign. It’s a decent presentation, though I don’t think he really understands the strategy, the tactics, or the finer points of the history. He does […]

Partners in Command

This book by Professor Joseph T. Glatthaar starts out as a fairly conventional study with the standard interpretations of individuals such as Abraham Lincoln and George B. McClellan, but as we get into it we see it has some additional nuggets that make it worthwhile. In describing the book, Dr. Glatthaar writes, “As American military […]

Sherman’s March and American Memory

Here’s Professor Anne Sarah Rubin of the University of Maryland Baltimore County talking about William T. Sherman’s March to the Sea and how it has been remembered. This excellent presentation was part of this past summer’s symposium at Pamplin Park which featured a slate of all women historians. The video’s description reads, “Author Anne Sarah […]

Noah Andre Trudeau on Southern Storm

Here’s Noah Andre Trudeau giving a presentation at the Pritzker Military Library on his book, Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea, about Major General William T. Sherman’s 1864 March to the Sea. The video’s description reads, “Civil War historian Noah Andre Trudeau discussed the military campaign of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman and his 60,000 troops from Atlanta […]

When Georgia Howled: Sherman on the March

This is a documentary produced by the Atlanta History Center and Georgia Public Broadcasting. It’s really well done and  is an outgrowth of their earlier project, “37 Weeks.” The full documentary includes commentary from Dr. Todd Groce, Dr. Steve Davis, and Dr. Brian Steel Wills, all well regarded historians. You can access it here. I […]

2017 Civil War Institute Day Three

Day Three is in the books. We started off with a round table discussion on George Gordon Meade. The participants were Brooks Simpson, Scott Hartwig, Jennifer Murray, and John Hennessy. This was a pretty good discussion, moderated by Pete Carmichael. They started off by considering why Meade is forgotten. Scott Hartwig identified three factors: Dan […]

2017 Civil War Institute Day Two

This was the second day of the CWI. It’s been another great day. We started off with Professor John Quist of Shippensburg University and Professor Michael Birkner of Gettysburg College speaking on James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War. This was an excellent team talk. Buchanan blamed secession on abolitionists and fire-eaters. Buchanan […]