On Sunday, March 10th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Dr. Steve Davis who will speak on “What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta.”
In late July 1864 General William Tecumseh Sherman’s Union army surrounded the city of Atlanta. After a prolonged shelling by artillery, a two and a half-month occupation and destruction from within, Atlanta was finally put to the torch before Sherman left on his now mythic March. The burning of Atlanta has become legendary over the past 150 years, but separated from historical fact. Dr. Davis returns to both original sources and new ones to tell the story as it really happened.
Davis earned his PhD in American Studies and a MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For over twenty years, he has served as book review editor for Blue and Gray Magazine. In 2001 he published his first book, Atlanta Will Fall: Sherman, Joe Johnston and the Yankee Heavy Battalions.