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|Posted: Wed Dec 26th, 2012 02:55 am||
You seem to be one who likes to throw charges about, but offer no substantiation of them. This claim about General Sherman having a keen interest in destroying land records is an example. Perhaps you can't show any proof because General Sherman was so good at keeping it: "Secret."
All of a sudden now you have moved from Sherman's March to postwar TN where you now claim that one atrocity or another was committed, but give no sources to substantiate your claims. That approach won't impress many in this forum.
Of course General Sherman's methods were controversial then and remain so now. He was doing what he thought would end the war as quickly as possible, which was pretty much to destroy anything and everything in his path. That wasn't likely to endear him to residents of the region.
I don't think that General Sherman asked slaves to join his army. Actually, they were a great nuisance. As far as: "Abandoning" them goes, perhaps you are referring to the incident at Ebenezer Creek where General Jefferson C. Davis pulled up his bridge leaving the slaves on the other side of the creek.
New Georgia Encyclopedia: Sherman's March to the Sea That incident is mentioned here.
The examples I cited from WW II were not: "Armies out of control." Actually, it was just the opposite. The strategic bombing was done under the complete control of the governments involved.
You are the first one I have ever heard who has compared General Sherman's actions to the methods used by the KKK after the war. The KKK was not a military force, but an organization of white supremicists doing all they could to try to restore the: "Rightful" social order that had been upset by the war. General Sherman I am sure did not approve of the KKK.
What General Sherman was successful at was hastening the end of the war. The capture of Atlanta was vital in getting Mr. Lincoln re-elected. When that happened, it was clear that there would be no ending to the war except the military defeat of the CSA.
Using various incidents that took place during Reconstruction to try to make the claim that General Sherman was not successful during the war is ridiculous. The CSA ceased to exist in 1865.
Last edited on Wed Dec 26th, 2012 03:04 am by Texas Defender