Re: Myth or Truth of Sherman's March
- The evolution of the 'total war' concept is an interesting one.
The 'total war' idea was mostly for propaganda and effect... and
rations. It proved that the US Army could show the flag - where it
wanted and when it wanted. It also allowed Sherman to eat his fill and
deny the same to the CSA.
Georgia is a big state. Sherman's path through it is relatively small
and the last leg is through swampy, rice-growing areas that provide
little sustenance and whose paddies are notoriously difficult to burn ;)
The message that you are helpless is a difficult one to swallow. It's
much more satisfying to tar the messenger. On the converse, Sherman
found it more satisfying to destroy opponents property than their
- 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.