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Johan Steele
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"By the end of the campaign Wheeler's cavalry was regarded by most Georgians who had made its acquaintance as more rapacious and destructive than the Yankees." [Lee Kennett, Marching Through Georgia: The Story of Soldiers & Civilians During Sherman's Campaign, p. 278]

"What enraged Georgians above all was that they had been plundered by Wheeler's men long before any Union foragers came into sight; worst of all, the Southern horsemen had taken livestock and destroyed provisions well outside the 'swath,' though in truth they could not know just where Sherman's columns were headed. The Milledgeville paper reported they had showed up there well after Sherman had departed, and then 'loitered about.'" [Ibid., p. 312]

"According to many southerners, Wheeler's cavalrymen were worse plunderers than Sherman's troops, although in part this reputation was undeserved. Since mid-1864 these Confederate horsemen had received no government rations and, therefore, had to live off the land. They also had the unenviable task of destroying food, forage, cotton and mills before they fell into the hands of Sherman's men. Neither of these practices endeared them to the inhabitants of Georgia and the Carolinas. Yet there was no doubt that some of Wheeler's troops, as well as mounted Confederate deserters who claimed to be in Wheeler's command, wantonly stole from and abused the inhabitants of those states." [Joseph T. Glatthaar, The March to the Sea and Beyond: Sherman's Troops in the Savannah and Carolinas Campaigns, pp. 151-152]

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