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 Posted: Sat Sep 6th, 2008 04:02 pm
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This comes up from time to time on all boards and never, ever does it fail to stir up strong emotions.

By and large, Sherman's goal was to demonstrate to the southern people that the Confederacy was finished. Secondarily, he aimed to deprive the Confederate armies of any and all supplies filtering to them from the farms and villages of Georgia.

Many people (innocent if you want) in his path were rather severely inconvenienced, most especially the Roswell women. That particular incident always comes up when this subject is opened, and there simply is no excuse for that.

But the idea that Sherman was a war criminal is simply ludicrous. Any and all wars eventually get down to the civilians. Our esteemed colleague, Sarladaise, ought to know (at least second hand) of the affects of traversing troops on one's land and the disruption of one's pursuit of happiness. The allies did almost as much damage as did the Bosch.

A war always depends on the will of the civilian. Sherman broke that will. Perhaps a better subject for discussion would be whether Sherman's march shortened that unfortunate conflict and by how much.


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