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Sherman advocates say he started total war as if it was a good thing, so why does he avoid taking credit for total war and provide weak excuses?
BTW, I am an advocate of making war so terrible on the enemy that they will quit as quickly as possible, so I see no problem with his burning of Atlanta assuming he intended it, as I suspect he did.
Bravo David! I've always felt this way, and thought maybe I was the only one. If Sherman burned Atlanta to the ground, that's war. I get a little sick to my stomach every time I hear the term "a gentleman's war". Hogwash. And frankly, if I had been Lee, Gettysburg would have been a pile of ashes before I left. The idea that civilians should be somehow excluded from the horrors of a CIVIL war always seemed a bit absurd to me.