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|Sherman was a hero. He marched through Georgia to show the South their government was powerless to protect them. It was a gamble that paid off. Sherman wanted to bring the war to an end and the March to the Sea was done to reach that goal. When he reached Savannah and then went into the Carolinas everyone knew it was just a matter of time then.
General Hood is the one that left Georgia defenseless. So he should get the blame for allowing Sherman to blaze through Georgia. I don't see why he isn't villified by the South in what he did. I understand his ideas on going North but it still left Georgia and the deep south wide open to Sherman's army.