Great-Grandson of VA Slaves
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|I wanted to remark on the intensity of the indignation personified by Dr. Stephen Davis on the Military History Channel's snippet on Major General William Tecumseh Sherman's infamous "March to the Sea", his "romp" to Savannah, via Columbia and Atlanta). It appears that Dr. Davis is adamantly opposed to any "kudos" given to Sherman for his attacks and travails through the South that hastened the end of the Civil War. Lee's realization that he was "powerless" to stop Sherman and the defections of thousands of Confederate Soldiers to protect their "homestead" from the "marauder" greatly contributed to the decision to surrender and end the terrible conflagaration that was needlessly decimating the male population of the United States. It seems that many more lives - on both sides - would have been lost if not for Sherman's bold foray into the "heart" of the South, dragging the war on and needlessly prolonging the conflict and its inevitable conclusion. The outrage expressed over Sherman's "one-sided" attacks, and Dr. Davis's vehement "outrage" at the "ferocity" of Sherman's attacks.
My point is, I find it ironic that he does not express the same "outrage" at the suppression of rights, dignity and individuality of those immorally forced into the cruelest suffrage - SLAVERY - by the very same poor, helpless, mistreated and abused "citizens" he takes such great pains to defend. I CELEBRATE Sherman's treatment of the Southern "gentry", and the other abused and "momentarily oppressed" citizens of the highly revered South! Is it "unfair" that they were forced to surrender their freedom of choice, their possessions, their livelihood and their dignity for once? How sad... (My heart bleeds!) These morally deprived "bullies" long ago lost the right to protest ANY "unfair treatment" by another! Not that two wrongs make a right, but, surely they understand the concept that "MIGHT MAKES RIGHT", and that "He who has the GUNS makes the Rules"? Is this a convenient case of sudden amnesia? Fie on you, dr. Davis... Save your outrage over a mere 4 months of oppression and apply it to those who suffered 400 YEARS of it! Maybe then, I'll spare an OUNCE of compassion for your pathetic complaints about UNFAIRNESS!!! Signed: Saving My Crocodile Tears For A Real Reason...