Southern storm : Sherman's march to the sea by Noah Andre Trudeau

Read: April 16 - April 23
Format: E-book 703 pages
Source: Public library
Subject: historical accounts
Challenges: 11 in 11, 75 Book, SYLL,
Category: The Engagement: this is getting serious
Genre: History
Stars: ★½

William Tecumseh Sherman, a general in the Union Army, was best remembered for the long trek that his army made through Georgia in late 1864 from Atlanta to Savannah, pillaging and burning everything in their path and that is what I expected to read about in this book, however, that is not the story that was told here.

This book repeatedly told how from Atlanta to Savannah this regiment ripped up railroad tracks and that regiment foraged for food getting sweet potatoes and pigs here and sweet potatoes and chickens there, and how this regiment led the way on Wednesday and another on Friday and tiny little scrimmages erupted along this river and that river, and let us not forget that the telegraph lines were ripped down from this town and then from that town and so it went.

In 700 pages I learned hardly anything new about the "March to the Sea" than what I knew when I started because the author was constantly quoting this soldier and that soldier from this state and that state about how hungry they were and how tired. It amazes me that I actually finished this book but I kept getting just a teensy bit of information which dragged me through. Under no circumstances would I recommend this book unless someone was trying to figure out if a particular regiment was involved in the March to the Sea, otherwise, forget it.

1 comment:

Anna and Serena said...

This sounds pretty dry. I give you credit for keeping with it for 700 pages! This review will be featured on War Through the Generations on June 29.