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The seige of Savannah, in December, 1864, and the Confederate operations in Georgia and the Third military district of South Carolina, during General Sherman's march from Atlanta to the sea. By Charles C. Jones, Jr., late Lieutenant-Colonel Artillery, C. S. A. and Chief of Artillery during the Siege. Printed for the Author, by Joel Munsell, Albany, New York. This book was presented to us by the author sometime ago, and we have been waiting for time and space to give it such review as its merits richly deserve. That has not yet come, but we will no longer delay saying that we have read the book with deep interest — that we regard it as a very valuable contribution to the history of that important campaign, and that we most cordially commend it as worthy of a place in every collection of “material for the future historian.” Colonel Jones displays indefatigable industry in the collection of his facts, and wields a graceful, facile pen in weaving them into a narrative of deep interest. We have derived from the book a much clearer idea of that campaign than we had before, and have been fully confirmed in our opinion, that Sherman's boasted “march to the sea” was simply a grand marauding expedition, which was undertaken and prosecuted in the full confidence that the Confederacy could rally no adequate force to oppose him and which was conducted in a manner that is an everlasting disgrace to both Sherman and his army. We may sometime find space to quote the concluding chapter, in which Colonel Jones catalogues some of the outrages committed, quotes Sherman's official report in which he says that he estimates “the damage done to the State of Georgia and its military resources at one hundred millions of dollars; at least twenty millions of which have inured to our advantage, and the remainder is simple waste and destruction,” and draws a vivid contrast between Sherman's conduct in Georgia and that of Lee and his lieutenants in Pensylvania. But we can now only advise our readers to get the book for themselves.
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