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|David White wrote:
I'm opposed to the idea. It only leads to one upmanship and misery for the troops who are captured, leads to slaughter as surrendering doesn't become an option anymore, which lowers the overall morale of the men and their ability to fight effectively. It moves the conflict further down the slippery slope of an unjust war, IMO.
Well, it could have been a slippery slope, but I don't see any evidence that it turned to anything worse. The Confederates stopped planting mines and I don't see any proof that it led to retribution against Yankee prisoners. (I think the Yank POW's had already been sufficiently miserable before the March.)