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The book also makes apparent that CSA cavalry general Joseph Wheeler was under orders from Hood to race ahead of Sherman and destroy all food and items that might be of value to the Union army. So Wheeler's men did their own share of damage in Georgia as a pre-emptive strike. 
What did Wheeler have? 3,500 men? But, yes, Wheeler is ignored in many accounts of Sherman's Destructive March. Sherman had 60,000 men travelling in four columns and often playing games with Wheeler's mind. (We're going there. Hah! Gotcha!)

Wheeler couldn't do much but pick off foraging parties and bummers. (Yes. There is a difference.) And try to destroy as much as he could if he could figure out where to destroy them. (Sherman and his commanders played Wheeler like a yoyo.)

Had started another post and fouled up and it went away. I did recommend that you do both The Campaign for Atlanta and Sherman's March to the Sea. There is much groundwork in the Atlanta Campaign that build's on Sherman's planning. (Edited and Published by Savas/Woodbury.) Castel's Decision in the West is also a good choice and is available on the secondary markets.

Just a thought.

ole

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