The Meridian campaign and the West Tennessee policy is why I often point out why the howl over Georgia? That's why Forrest was riding all over Mississippi and Alabama, and he did succeed in sabotaging this campaign. Hurlbut and his colleagues weren't acting on their own, it was part of the 'hard war' strategy adopted by Grant and Lincoln. (This is also why Grant and Lincoln were kept in the dark about what Sherman was doing - he wanted them to have an 'out' if any blame fell to them. We had a rogue general, what could we do? Something like that...) We may also add the Burnt District of Missouri and various other devastating disruptions aimed at guerrillas. A lot of the anger toward Sherman is because the South was not able to inflict more Chambersburgs.