The Fateful Lightning

The Fateful Lightning

A Novel of the Civil War

Book - 2015
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This concluding novel of Shaara's epic Civil War tetralogy tells the dramatic story of the final eight months of battle from multiple perspectives: the commanders in their tents making plans for total victory, as well as the ordinary foot soldiers and cavalrymen who carried out their orders until the last alarum sounded. Through William Tecumseh Sherman's eyes, we gain insight into the mind of the general who vowed to 'make Georgia howl' until it surrendered. In Johnston, we see a man agonizing over the limits of his army's power, and accepting the burden of leading the last desperate effort to ensure the survival of the Confederacy.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2015
ISBN: 9780345549198
Branch Call Number: SHAARA
Characteristics: xiii, 615 pages : maps ; 25 cm


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Sep 23, 2018

Sherman is my favorite General in WW2, a no nonsense go after the enemy agressive leader who had respect of his men in the field. This is a great book that shows that follows Shermans final months of the war beginning with the end of the battle of Atlanta and as he goes south to Savannah and cuts north through the Carolina's to meet up with Grant. I like Shaara's writing as he intertwines history with a touch of fiction that brings out the human aspect of this great war.

Jun 29, 2015

The final novel in Jeff Shaara's four book series on the Civil War in the West. This emphasizes Sherman's campaign in Georgia and the Carolinas, and as before, Shaara's take on Sherman feels very true to the man himself. Confederate officers like Hardee feature prominently as well, and Shaara gives a new and distinctive point of view throughout to an escaped slave who's come along with the army as it moves through the south. A fitting finale to Shaara's series, with great attention to detail and characterization.


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Jan 20, 2016

There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but boys, it is all hell.

Jan 20, 2016

I'm not here from God, old man. Just President Lincoln.

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