To: central_va; Sherman Logan
central_va: "If you want to forget Sherman's (The Torch) Georgia and Carolina campaigns.... LOL"
To keep things in perspective, let us rehearse again the Confederate invasions and operations in Union states and territories.
These invasions all left trails of pillage and destruction:
- Stonewall Jackson in May 1862 (Front Royal)
- RE Lee in September 1862 (Antietam/Sharpsburg)
- JEB Stuart in July 1863 (Gettysburg)
- Jubal Early in July 1864 (Monacacy)
- JEB Stuart in October 1862
- RE Lee, JEB Stuart & Co in June-July 1863 (Gettysburg)
- Jubal Early / John McCausland in July 1864 (Burning of Chambersburg)
- Albert Jenkins in September 1862
- John Morgan in summer 1863 (Morgan's Raid)
- Newberg Raid (1862)
- Hine's & Morgan's Raids (1863)>
- A long list of Confederate invasions of Kentucky, beginning with Leonides Polk in September 1861
- Crittenden in January 1862 (Mill Springs)
- Johnson at Forts Henry and Donaldson
- John Morgan throughout 1862 & 1863
- Battles of Richmond, Mumfordville, Perryville (1862)
- to Nathan Forrest in 1864.
- Continuous battles, from Wilson's Creek in 1861
- to Price's Raid in 1864.
- Quatrill's Raiders in 1863, including the Lawrence Massacre
- Price's Raid in 1864.
- Oklahoma and New Mexico both invaded by Confederate forces.
- Colorado and California had Confederate forces operating in them.
posted on 01/22/2013 5:50:07 AM PST
(a little historical perspective....)
You forgot the invasion of Vermont. LOL
To be perfectly fair, the various CSA invasions of northern territory were generally better-behaved than those of the Union, particularly Sherman’s troops.
With the notable and obvious exceptions of the raid on Lawrence and similar actions by irregulars. But those were part of the “dirty war” in the border states carried out by irregulars, where atrocities were a lot more common than by regular troops of either side.
In fact, even at Lawrence the raiders are reported to have tipped their hats to the ladies before tossing their bound husbands and sons into the burning buildings.
Ran across an interesting article about Sherman’s March and how destructive it was in reality vs. myth.
Contemporary accounts are unanimous that SC suffered much more than GA or (particularly) NC, which doesn’t line up well with the mythology of the March across Georgia being all-destroying. If they destroyed everything in GA, how could they destroy a lot more in SC?
I do know that some of Sherman’s soldiers were hanged for rape, which doesn’t line up with such behavior being encouraged.
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