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|There is a school of thought based on more current research that seems to shed a less dastardly light on Sherman's March. while there is no doubt that much destruction was wrought along the way, it may be that some of the Army's villianous deeds were a tad bit exagerated by the immediate post-war historians for whatever reasons. No doubt bad things happened along the route. However I suspect it was not quite the scorched-earth- policy style destruction that was portrayed by many pro-southern historians of that era. The new book by Noah Andre Trudeau: "Southern Storm-Sherman's march to the sea" may be of some assistance in shedding a more balanced light on this topic.