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The Story of the Great March is George Ward Nichols' diary while he acted as an aid to General William T. Sherman during the Civil War. It is a personal story of the war and an intimate look at Sherman. Performer Jim Roberts' pacing is particularly accomplished. He uses a varied rhythm to engage while he envelopes listeners in the vernacular of Nichols' day. His tone is professional and old-world. Civil War history buffs will certainly enjoy this historical and intimate audiobook.

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George Ward Nichols was born in Tremont, Maine, on 21st June, 1831. He worked as a journalist until the outbreak of the American Civil War and then joined the Union Army. He served under General William Sherman and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He published The Story of the Great March, essentially a journal he kept during that march in 1865 and it became an immediate best seller.

In it he describes his experiences during Sherman's March to the Sea and then through the Carolinas.The book is very well written for a joural and provides fascinating details of that march that couldonly be written by one who was there. In addition to describing the march itself, Nichols also interviewed many people along the way and tells about their conditions and their opinions. As a Union soldier, he makes no attempt to be objective, but once this is taken into account, his details and observations form a fascinating story.

©1865 Harper and Brothers; (P)1997 Jimcin Recordings

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Fascinating story

The day-to-day experiences of Sherman's aide during the march to the sea are a compelling listening experience. The two stars off are for the aggravation of hearing the word cavalry mispronounced over and over again.

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