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 Posted: Tue Dec 27th, 2011 10:27 pm
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BHR62 wrote:
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.

An interesting discussion can be had about how much shorter the war was as a result (and how many lives were saved). Meanwhile, there are many who still argue that Sherman's tactics amounted to war on civilians.

Hood had to do something to get Sherman to come back. Sherman doubled down and let Thomas handle it.

Because Hood had to do something almost excuses heading north in an approaching winter with a poorly suppled army without much hope of supply.

Last edited on Tue Dec 27th, 2011 10:30 pm by ole

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