E.L. Doctorow's Civil War: 'The March'

Cover of The March

hide captionE.L. Doctorow's novel follows Sherman, misfit soldiers, a freed slave and many other characters.

In The March, novelist E.L. Doctorow applies his distinctive approach to historical fiction to events of the Civil War — especially Gen. William T. Sherman's decisive, destructive assault on Georgia. Sherman is a key character. Others include a freed slave girl named Pearl, two rank-and-file soldiers and a Union surgeon.

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