September 17, 2019

“When Georgia Howled: Sherman’s Destruction of Atlanta”

– Stephen Davis

September 17, 2019

Steve Davis of Atlanta spoke to the Twin Cities CWRT back in November 2004 on Sherman and the destruction of Atlanta.  Since then two big things have happened: PowerPoint slides, and his book on the subject, published in 2012: What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta. 

Steve will be surveying the Federal artillery bombardment of the city, July 20-August 25, 1864; the damage to Atlanta buildings inflicted during the Union occupation, September 2-November 16; and Northern engineers’ demolition of railroad facilities (plus soldiers’ unauthorized arson) in the days before Sherman led his army toward the sea.

Stephen Davis of Atlanta has been a Civil War buff since the 4th grade. At Emory University, he studied under the renowned Civil War historian Bell Wiley. After a Master’s degree in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he taught high school for a few years, then earned his Ph.D. at Emory, where he concentrated on the theme of the Civil War in Southern literature. He’s also taught at Oglethorpe University.

 Now retired, Steve serves as Book Review Editor for Civil War News, the monthly national newspaper for buffs, for which he contributes a regular column, “Critic’s Corner.”