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Shermans March In November of 1864 Major General William Tecumseh Sherman cut a 300-mile long 60-mile wide corridor of destruction across the Confederate State of Georgia He burned every thing in his path He torched plantations bridges crops factories and mills The goal of this war of attrition was to stop the heart of the Confederacy By all accounts this campaign was very successful Shermans campaign raised many questions First what did Sherman think off his march Did he see it as vindication or did he see it as an unnecessary step in reuniting the United States Did Sherman think that his army needed to destroy everything in its path Also what did Shermans troops think about the highly destructive march Part One The following quote form Jim Miles book To the Sea A History and Tour Guide of Shermans March gives a brief example of how both sides felt about the march To people of the North it was a triumphal procession in which right prevailed and an evil rebellion and its institution were destroyed To the South it was the ultimate cruelty-a cowardly war against innocent civilians an act so despicable that it took Georgia one hundred years to recover economically A scar still remains on the southern psyche Miles Intro When I look carefully at this quote I can see the strong emotions each side had toward the march The North saw it as a great triumph while the South saw the march as if the devil himself had come down and burned their homes and crops What Sherman thought about this is expressed in the introduction of David Nevins book Shermans March To Sherman the secession was the Souths greatest sin and Southerners who supported the Confederacy Confederacy deserved to be treated like criminals To those who submit to rightful authority all gentleness and forbearance he proclaimed But to petulant and persistent secessionists
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