Dr. Mark Grimsley, Associate Professor of History at Ohio State University, will discuss the many myths that have developed over the years about Sherman’s famous March to the Sea on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in Walter 145.
During this talk on “The Mythology of Sherman’s March,” the audience will discover the difference between what the historical evidence shows and Southern lore and legend.
From a Southeastern Ohio perspective this is very important history, since so many local men were with Sherman on the March. Sherman was born in Lancaster.
Free parking is available for the general public in the nearby Peden Stadium parking lot.
The talk is co-sponsored by the Ohio University Department of History and the Charles H. Grosvenor Civil War Round Table of Athens.
Grimsley teaches American military history with an emphasis on the Civil War. He is the author of The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865 (New York and London: Cambridge University Press, 1995), which won the Lincoln Prize. He co-authored Warfare in the Western World, the military history textbook in use at the U.S. Military Academy. Other works include Civilians in the Path of War (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002) (with Clifford J. Rogers); The Collapse of the Confederacy (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2001) (with Brooks D. Simpson); And Keep Moving On: The Virginia Campaign, May-June 1864 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002), Gettysburg: A Battlefield Guide (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999) (with Brooks D. Simpson), and Shiloh: A Battlefield Guide (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006) (with Steven E. Woodworth). He is currently writing a book on the connections between the 1864 military and political campaigns for the “Pivotal Moments in American History” series, published by Oxford University Press.
He also maintains WarHistorian.org, a web site focusing on military history and national security affairs. Blog Them Out of the Stone Age, a weblog associated with the site, received the 2005 Cliopatria Award for Best Individual Blog.