The Danville Public Library will feature the book, “Sherman’s March,” written by Burke Davis for the adult book discussion on Tuesday, January 23, 6:30 p.m., in the city council meeting room, 512 Market Street, Danville.
The Mount Vernon main library adult book discussion group will not meet in January so participants can attend this discussion. Guest discussion leader for the evening will be Gary Moreland.
“Sherman’s March” is the vivid narrative of General William T. Sherman’s devastating sweep through Georgia and the Carolinas in the closing days of the Civil War. Weaving together hundreds of eyewitness stories, Davis graphically brings to life the dramatic experiences of the 65,000 Federal troops who plundered their way through the South and those of the anguished — and often defiant — Confederate women and men who sought to protect themselves and their family treasures, usually in vain. Dominating these events is the general himself — “Uncle Billy” to his troops, the devil incarnate to the Southerners he encountered.
Davis (1913–2006) was an American author and journalist best known for his narrative histories of the Civil War, including “To Appomattox: Nine April Days, 1865” and “The Last Surrender.” His acclaimed biographies of military and political figures include “They Called Him Stonewall”; “Gray Fox: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War”; “Marine!: The Life of Chesty Puller”; and “Old Hickory: A Life of Andrew Jackson.”
The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Copies of the book may be checked out at any library location or can be purchased at area bookstores.