The Atlanta Journal / Constitution Tuesday June 8, 1993
IN SHERMAN’S FOOTSTEPS
Author searches for the South
By Jack Wilkinson
…Ellis is walking through history and Georgia, following the incendiary, 400-mile path of Sherman’s March to the Sea. Mr. Ellis began his trek a couple of weeks ago from the Decatur MARTA stops and expects to reach Savannah in another five or six weeks. Along the way, he hopes to learn more about the people he meets, about General William Tecumseh Sherman, about Georgia, the South and himself.
Sherman’s was a destructive march to the sea, designed to break the South’s spirit and hasten the end of the Civil War. Mr. Ellis’s is more a meander. Some days he walks 20, 25 miles, and then lingers in one place for a few days. His is a voyage of discovery, to uncover Old South ways and the spirit of the New South.
“It’s mostly people that I’m interested in,” said Mr. Ellis. “Their thoughts, feelings. I’ll weave the Civil War as I go along. I’ll put stories together, to entertain, touch the hearts of people and maybe shed some light on what it is to be a Southerner. Being a Southerner, the fading of the South intrigues me, the changing of the South…”