Saturday, September 25, 2010

Book Review: Battles for Atlanta

Bailey, Ronald H. Battles for Atlanta: Sherman Moves East. The Civil War. Alexandria, VA; Time-Life, Inc., 1989.

I've read the history of Sherman's march on Atlanta before, and I always considered how his double-flanking was strategic brilliance. (He would always attempt to flank his opponent in the battle, but he sent a reserve force in a long flanking march around--he'd flank both within the battle and around the battle--which force Johnston to retreat.)

This book, however, was focused on the individual side of the war, and just how much the constant marching and fighting sucked. I'm sure the soldiers caught in the thick of things wished that they had that extra corps that went marching off.

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