Love him or hate him, the actions of William Tecumseh Sherman in Georgia in 1864 transformed the Civil War in the space of seven months. From a conflict which was still very much in doubt as to its victor in early 1864, by the time Sherman had captured Atlanta, marched to the Sea, and captured Savannah, the will to fight had largely left the South, and the outcome of the War had become a foregone conclusion. This book tells the story of what is sometimes described as the only infantry battle on Sherman's March - the Battle of Griswoldville. It is the tale of an inexperienced Georgia Militia general ordering an attack across an open, boggy field against an entrenched brigade of Sherman's troops. It is the tale of the bravery of the young boys and old men on that charge, some who had been pressed into emergency service just before the battle. It is the tale of the horror of the Union troops when they examined the dead and wounded, and discovered that many were 15 or younger, and what today we would describe as senior citizens. It is the tale of a small manufacturing city that was fought over for three days, changing hands several times.
Robert C. Jones grew up in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. In 1981, he moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area, where he received a B.S. in Computer Science at DeVry Institute of Technology. From 1984-2009, Robert worked for Hewlett-Packard as a computer consultant. He now works as an author, researcher and videographer. Robert is President of the Kennesaw Historical Society, and Director of Programs and Education for the Kennesaw Museum Foundation. He has written several books on Civil War and railroad themes, including Retracing the Route of Sherman's Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea, Images of America: Kennesaw, Famous Songs of the Civil War, The Pennsylvania Railroad: An Illustrated Timeline, The Fifteen Most Critical Moments of the Civil War, The Battle of Griswoldville: An Infantry Battle on Sherman's March to the Sea and The W&A, the General, and the Andrews Raid: A Brief History. Robert is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church. He has written and taught numerous adult Sunday School courses. He is the author of A Brief History of Protestantism in the United States, A Brief History of the Sacraments: Baptism and Communion, Heaven and Hell: In the Bible, the Apocrypha and the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Crusades and the Inquisition: A Brief History, Monks and Monasteries: A Brief History, The 25 Most Influential People in the Post-Apostolic Christian Church, Revelation: Background and Commentary and Meet the Apostles: Biblical and Legendary Accounts. Robert has also written several books on ghost towns in the Southwest, including Death Valley Ghost Towns - As They Appear Today, Ghost Towns of the Mojave National Preserve, and Ghost Towns of Western Nevada. In 2005, Robert co-authored a business-oriented book entitled Working Virtually: The Challenges of Virtual Teams.