Sherman's March and America: Mapping Memory

Friday, January 6, 2012: 9:50 AM
Sheraton Ballroom II (Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers)
Anne Sarah Rubin, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Sherman's March and America:  Mapping Memory (  is an innovative collaboration between two disciplines that don't often work together:  History and the  Digital Visual Arts.  This project explores the intersection of place and memory, using multimedia to bring stories to life.  It asks people to reconfigure their assumptions about an historical event and see the ways that stories evolve over time and space.

In November and December 1864, Union General William T. Sherman led 60,000 men across Georgia (from Atlanta to Savannah), in a bid to break the will of the Southern people.  He and his troops succeeded in "making Georgia howl" by destroying property, stealing food and possessions, terrorizing white and black civilians, and burning barns and cotton gins.  It has also come to stand in as a symbol for the horrors of war, particularly when visited on civilians.  While scores of historians have told and retold the story of Sherman's March, this site explores the myriad ways in which Americans have remembered, retold, and re-imagined Sherman's march. 

Mapping Memory also seeks to expand the boundaries of digital history and humanities, by using innovative digital media to express ideas about memory and history.  The site includes both maps and mini-documentaries, showing the ways that perspective and the passages of time  influence the stories that are told.