University of South Carolina Professor Emerita Pat McNeely will discuss her new, self-published book, “Sherman’s Flame and Blame Campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas ... and the Burning of Columbia” at 2-3 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St.
“In addition to physical and economic assaults, (William Tecumseh) Sherman designed a massive psychological strategy designed to cripple the Confederacy, to destroy the faith of civilians in their leaders and their government, and to kill the will of the people to fight,” McNeely said in a statement.
She will describe that strategy and sign copies of her illustrated, large-format softcover book, available for $25, at the event.
McNeely taught reporting at USC’s School of Journalism. Before joining the faculty, she was a reporter and editor for The State, The Columbia Record and The Greenville News.
M.H. Herlong’s young adult novel “Buddy” was named a 2015 South Carolina Book Award Winner in the Children’s Book category by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians.
Herlong of Saluda lives in New Orleans. She wrote the book after Hurricane Katrina temporarily forced her out of the city and back to South Carolina. It tells the story of a boy’s love for a stray dog and his determination to reunite with Buddy in the wake of disaster.