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 Posted: Wed Apr 25th, 2007 02:38 am
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   Sherman generally liked southerners, but he hated those who defied the authority of the United States Government. His belief was that the more cruel he made the war, the sooner it would be over and the country reunited.

   The March to the Sea could be viewed as psychological warfare to show the Confederates that they did not have the power to resist him. He didn't want to fight armies, even jokingly offering to give Hood rations if he would go away.

   In the end, the March was warfare against the minds and property of the southerners. Very few crimes were committed against people by Sherman's men, though they could have taught the Vandals a thing or two about destroying property.

   When southerners recognized defeat, Sherman was kind. His terms given to Joseph E. Johnston's army were very generous. He would welcome back all those who submitted to: "Legitimate authority." (The US Governement, etc.).

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