The Campaign for Atlanta & Sherman's March to the Sea: Volume 2

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Theodore P. Savas/David A. Woodbury
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July 2023
Trade paper, 6 x 9
10 maps, 14 images, 220 pp.
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About the Book

According to historian Richard McMurry, the 1864 campaign “through the woods and across the hills, valleys, and streams of North Georgia was one of the biggest, longest, and most spellbinding of the American Civil War. It was also one of the most important.” Despite its decisive impact on the war, the Georgia campaigns have still not received the attention they deserve.

In the 1990s, editors Savas and Woodbury put together two volumes of wide-ranging and especially thoughtful essays by leading historians and students of war with footnotes, original maps, photos, and index that quickly sold out. Long out of print, they are once more being made available with a new Foreword by award-winning author Steve Davis in The Campaign for Atlanta & Sherman’s March to the Sea.

Volume 2

“A Policy So Disastrous: Joseph E. Johnston’s Atlanta Campaign,” by Richard M. McMurry;

“Sherman’s Pioneers in the Campaign for Atlanta,” by Philip Shiman;

“Waltz Between the Rivers: An Overview of the Atlanta Campaign from the Oostanaula to the Etowah,” by William R. Scaife;

“Dalton to Cartersville: Images of the Georgia Campaign: A Photographic Essay,” by William E. Erquitt;

“The Western & Atlantic Railroad in the Campaign for Atlanta,” by James G. Bogle;

“The Forgotten “Hell Hole:’ The Battle of Pickett’s Mill,” by Jeffrey Dean;

“From Atlanta to Savannah: A Sociological Perspective of William T. Sherman’s March to the Sea,” by Charles E. Vetter;

“Lines of Battle: The Unpublished Reports of Confederate Brig. Gen. James Holtzclaw’s Brigade,” edited by Zack Waters.


Theodore Savas, a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law (1986, with Distinction), is the director of Savas Beatie, one of the country’s leading independent publishers. He is the author, editor, or co-author of numerous books and articles including Never for Want of Powder: The Confederate Powder Works in Augusta, Georgia (Univ. of South Carolina Press, 2007), Brady’s Civil War Journal: Photographing the War, 1861-1865 (Skyhorse, 2012), A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution (Spellmount and SBLLC, 2006), Hunt and Kill: U-505 and the U-Boat War in the Atlantic (Spellmount, SBLLC, 2004), and many others. He lives with his wife and four dogs in El Dorado Hills, California. David Woodbury has served as editor/co-editor of numerous Civil War publications, and was a contributing writer and cartographer for The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference. In 2017 he founded Woodbury Historical Tours, and regularly conducts guided explorations of sites associated with the American Civil War, Indian Wars, and the Wild West.