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Deshtroying people food supply homes taking livestock and anything elsee of use is no way to fight a war the south had a since of honor when they marched to gettysburg

44VA Inf:  The following is an excerpt from The Battle of Wild Cat Mountain: Kentucky, October 21, 1861 by Kenneth A. Hafendorfer; KH Press, Louisville, KY; 2003. Page 263:

[The battle of Wild Cat Mountain occurred on Oct. 21, 1861.  Confederate Brig. Gen. Felix Zollicoffer was defeated by entrenched Union forces.  The following excerpt is about what the Union forces found along Zollicoffer's retreat route just after the battle:]

As the Federals pushed on toward Pittman's Cross Roads, the were ill prepared for what they would see in the wake of the retreating Confederate army.  Quoting from Private John Inskeep's diary this day, he wrote: "General devastation marking their course.  In a letter to his wife, Colonel Connell wrote: "All along the road we saw evidences of the shameful flight of Zollicoffer, which was a worse panic than of our forces from Bull Run.  His army was composed of vandals and theives.  They stripped the country like an army of locusts, breaking open houses, stealing even women's clothes, and making fires of furniture" 

Private Henry K. Thoman of the 17th Ohio wrote: "They kill everything.  Some they kill and cut a piece off and the rest they let lay.  What they don't want, they shoot down."  Lieutenant Josiah Farrington of the 14th Ohio wrote: "While the enemy was in the country and wherever he came across a dwelling and farm there was total destruction.  In many instances and wherever he camped overnight, the ground was literally covered with the half-eaten carcasses of cattle taken by the enemy from the inhabitants without money or price and killed." 

 Private Orland P. Cutter of Standart's battery wrote: "All along the road were evidence of their work of destruction.  They destroyed bridges, fences, and even houses.  Carcasses of horses, cattle, and hogs, were strewn along the roadside.  In many places they had felled large trees across the road to cover their retreat."

44VA Inf:  Note the early date of the battle: 1861.  Destruction due to the presence of an army began very early in the war.  You will find examples galore throughout the war by both sides.  In fact, as a project you might look for examples where destruction or foraging did not occur instead of wasting time finger pointing. 

In fact that might be a good thread to start.

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