• The Burning of Columbia by General Sherman

  • A Native's Search for the Truth of the Civil War Campaign Through Georgia and the Carolinas
  • By: Keith L. Porter
  • Narrated by: Donnie Lansdale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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The Burning of Columbia by General Sherman

By: Keith L. Porter
Narrated by: Donnie Lansdale
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Publisher's Summary

If you ask nearly anyone in the South what Sherman did during the Civil War, most people would say that he destroyed the Southern states, leaving ashes and bodies in his wake. Many would say that he burned Atlanta or Columbia. Who could argue with that? It's what we've been told for over 150 years!

But how do we know what happened? What if the history books got it wrong? Who wrote the official stories that have been passed down to us today? How can we trust that we are sharing the correct history?

In this book, you will be guided through the historical record left behind by both sides of the argument. You will sift through the documents to determine whether you can trust the writers of the records. When you get to the end of the book, you will be faced with the challenge to make the choice for yourself. 

Did General Sherman really burn Columbia...or has he been the fall guy all along?

©2022 Keith L Porter (P)2022 Keith L Porter
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Interesting listen

If only heard bits of this story through others so it was great to hear the real story as it happened. Some interesting facts

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Learned a ton!

The only thing I remember of this period from history class are names and places. I don’t remember what happened so it was intriguing for me as an adult to listen to with fresh ears. Very interesting, highly recommend!

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Searching for the Truth in History

Great Book! This audiobook is an enjoyable journey into a dark time in history. I love the native perspective and insight into an untold story. History is awesome, but let's not repeat it!

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Learned my history!

Great book! It's great to know our history but even greater to learn the real history that schools do not teach. I learn who general Sherman was and everything that happened during the Civil War. I felt like I was getting told a story by someone that was there in that moment so narration is great! Great book!

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Amazing Audiobook On The Burning of Columbia

This audiobook is very well-written and the production is top-notch. It takes you down the path of the search for the truth of the civil war. The author has done an incredible job on this topic and makes the reader very engaged throughout the whole book. If you're interested in this type of genre I'd recommend giving this audiobook a listen!

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Excellent

I loved this book! I am really not a history person but I loved this. I love the different perspectives the author has on the civil war and I was really committed to listening to it all.

The narration is also very captivating which makes this an even more awesome book.

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Tremendous book for History Buffs!!

As a major history buff, I loved this audible book. I have become a huge fan of Audible and these types of great books. This book was informative and extremely educational! . I found the information on how General Shermans role in the Civil War to be insightful. General Sherman left a lot of carnage and devastation behind from his decisions and strategies. War is death, War is FINAL. General Sherman’s victory led to the 2nd re-lection of Abraham Lincoln. The author presents very fair and bi partisan thoughts and presents the questions for the reader to draw their own conclusions.

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Educational and Useful Listen

This audiobook has great knowledge and insight on the history that took place during the Civil War. It's not only engaging but it's also reveals the real truth that took place during the burning of Columbia. It's historical, inspiring and enlightening as well. Overall it's a great audiobook and resource to have because of the events of what takes place as well as the message behind the book as well. Great listen.

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Balanced look at Southern history

I recently moved to North Carolina (not too far from Columbia, SC), and I've really been interested in learning more about the history. I love the way the author sets up the context and gives you the facts. You can't just start throwing out names and dates without properly setting the scene; this book does it beautifully. Really fun to listen to while driving around the Carolinas. Great narration too.

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The Burning of Columbia!

Is not just the story of the burning of Columbia but many other historical stories that have been falsified, it's hard to believe the history when we can see the present is getting twisted and falsified every day... this book blows up the old dust on this event and demonstrates logical facts that never been told before.

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  • Kristy
  • 08-23-22

Must Read!

I love learning about history but don't consider myself a true history buff. This book, however, blew me away! It was very well written with lots of facts and views that I wasn't taught about in school( at least that I remember.) I loved learning more about Sherman's role in the civil war.

I would definitely recommend this book!

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  • The Curious Reader
  • 08-15-22

Revelations from a man of honor and integrity

The authors total transparency of not only military actions, but also of himself and his many personal connections.
This document would serve our present younger generation as a personal conduct in all phases of their personal and business endeavors.
This is also a breath of fresh air to us elders in reminding us why our country has remained morally strong. We still have millions of citizens who try and do live their lives in a like manner.

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  • Will
  • 08-14-22

Interesting

This book is such a breath of fresh air, and is packed with knowledge that they do not teach in schools anymore. People need to be educated on our history so we can prevent ourselves from making the same mistakes. Highley recommend.

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  • Fox
  • 08-08-22

Eye-opener

This book was an eye-opener. There are always 2 sides to every argument it seems! In this case, I had only heard one side which I'm sure is the case for many others.
If you're a fan of the great American history you'll love this. A highly detailed review of evidence from both sides to really get your brain thinking.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-22

Two arguements on Sherman

This book enlightened my knowledge on Sherman's role in the American Civil War. The narrator/author presents two arguements for supporting and questioning Sherman's actions during this tumultuous time, and ultimately leaves it up to the listener/reader to decide. Excellent presentation with solid resources make this book an enjoyable listen. Thought provoking and well laid out. Highly recommended.

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  • Ronald D. B. Smith
  • 07-31-22

Great book for Fans of History

This book is a great listen for anyone who is a fan of American History. It offers a detailed accounting of the burning of Columbia, South Carolina, and seems to be well researched and well presented. It offers some new insights into a portion of Sherman's March to the Sea that so many found so destructive during the American Civil War. The performance is very well suited to the topic and provides the right intonation throughout the listen. This is a must if you like history or are a civil war buff.

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  • janewriting
  • 07-31-22

Detailed review of the evidence

A real interesting account that doesn't get bogged down in academic language. But it doesn't dumb down either, citing a wide array of evidence, contemporary accounts and an analysis of "facts" and opinions. if you're interested in this period of American history it's a must.