In November 1864, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman left Atlanta, Georgia in flames and embarked on his historic Great March from Atlanta to the Sea. Along the way, he unintentionally liberated thousands of Black people held as slaves in the Georgia cities and towns. Some joined the Union lines as hired servants, cooks, laundresses, teamsters, and pioneers. Others joined "for their actual freedom." In numbers reaching tens of thousands, they became Sherman's Fifth Corps, and one of them, a young ex-slave named Jennie Lewis, became Sherman's mistress. Through actual and fictional letters, diaries, journals, news accounts, official reports and for the first time, the words of the ex-slaves themselves, SFC tells a story of the man and the March that has never before been told. Sherman's Fifth Corps reconstructs and imagines what happened when hardened Union soldiers and newly-liberated Blacks marched across Georgia. They formed an unplanned, unprecedented alliance that brought the end of the Civil War, the end of slavery, and, literally, a new birth of freedom for this country.
Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Barnes, Joyce A.
Publisher: Brown Tones Publishing
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.78d
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