Sherman Scorched Earth


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Oct 10, 2012
Mt. Jackson, Va
Sherman's March to the Sea

Major General William Tecumseh Sherman was a contradiction embodied. He eliminated Atlanta's war making potential and brought sheer destruction to Georgia, then offered generous surrender terms. His vision of hard war brought the Confederacy to its knees, but forestalled thousands of battlefield and civilian deaths.

One word still resonates more deeply in the American psyche than any other in the field of Civil War study: Sherman. The name immediately conjures visions of fire and smoke, destruction and desolation; Atlanta in flames, farms laid to waste and railroad tracks mangled beyond recognition. In our collective memory, blue-clad soldiers march with impunity, their scavenged booty draped about them, leaving a trail of white women and children to sob at their losses and slaves to rejoice at their emancipation. continued:



Jul 28, 2015
New York City
The ironic thing about Sherman is that he held a certain affection and affinity for the people and culture of the Southland. He developed friendships and associations with southerners during his army career in Charleston and from his time as the first superintendent of the Louisiana State Seminary from 1859 until the outbreak of war. Sherman is a much more complex individual than the stereotypical image that has developed around him.