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 Posted: Wed Sep 17th, 2008 06:55 pm
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I can't speak to the whole hero or villain issue, but he was the first to implement a policy of total war, and realized the end of the war lay in destroying the desire of the civilian population to continue it. This meant taking the war home to the civilian population, through the destruction of their ability to make war and loss of their personal property.
My mother lived in Berlin during the WWII and was there during the allied air raids and the Russian invasion. She witnessed first hand what total war is aand still has a very hard time accepting that she lost family members and friends as a result of total war.
I'm certain that some in the south still feel the same way, hence the controversy. I understand Sherman's grave in St. Louis is still frequently vandalized nearly 150 years after all this happened.

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