Re: Myth or Truth of Sherman's March
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "theme_music" <theme_music@...>
>I would have thought that this topic was in the forbidden zone but, as
> Well if you want to go that route, the city that suffered the
> greatest amount of damage due to fire during the war was not
> Columbia or Atlanta, it was Richmond Virginia. Those fires were set
> under orders from RE Lee. So if we are to have "demon pyromanic-
> off", should Lee get some consideration?
you brought it up, General Ewell, himself, contradicts you. Lee had
ordered that "preparations to be made for destroying the cotton,
tobacco, &c., which the owners could not remove, in places exposed to
capture by the enemy."
The conflagration which occurred during what was to be a controlled
burning, made worse by incendiarism, can hardly be blamed on Lee from
what I can see in a quick review.
If you provided evidence to your assertion, maybe there wqould be
something to debate on a different forum.
- Tony, I didn't read Mr. Huddleston as saying that Meridian was a
fiasco but only that it was an instance where Sherman was in
independent command. Also wasn't Sherman in independent at
--- In email@example.com, "Tony Gunter"
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Bob Huddleston"
> <huddleston.r@> wrote:
> > Keep in mind., also, that neither man had been in independent
> > Thomas' only independent command had been with a small numberleading
> up toCampaign.
> > Mill Springs two years before and Sherman's had been a fiasco in
> > early in the war and more recently, I guess, the Meridian
> I don't see how the Meridian Campaign can be considered a fiasco.
> Halleck would not allow Sherman to re-allocate the troops under
> command. Rather than have them sitting idle, he proposed a two-prong
> raid to clear out the Mississippi River Valley. One wing of thatraid
> would strike out for Meridian in the winter, and return toVicksburg in
> time to assist in the second wing's strike on Shreveport.only
> Given these parameters, the Meridian Campaign was a success. The
> secondary objective I pick up on in Sherman's correspondence isthat he
> would have liked to have drawn Polk into a battle. However, hefelt
> that Sooy Smith's failure to show up allowed Polk to flee fasterthan
> Sherman could bear upon him.