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The March

by E.L. Doctorow

The March
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2005, 384 pages
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    Sep 2006, 384 pages

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A richly textured portrait of Sherman's March to the Sea. Historical Fiction

From the book jacket: In 1864, after Union general William Tecumseh Sherman burned Atlanta, he marched his sixty thousand troops east through Georgia to the sea, and then up into the Carolinas. The army fought off Confederate forces and lived off the land, pillaging the Southern plantations, taking cattle and crops for their own, demolishing cities, and accumulating a borne-along population of freed blacks and white refugees until all that remained was the dangerous transient life of the uprooted, the dispossessed, and the triumphant. Only a master novelist could so powerfully and compassionately render the lives of those who marched.

A magisterial work with an enormous cast of unforgettable characters– white and black, men, women, and children, unionists and rebels, generals and privates, freed slaves and slave owners. At the center is General Sherman ...

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