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.
To: Sherman Logan; central_va; Happy Rain; rockrr; Rappini
Sherman Logan: "You forgot the invasion of Vermont. LOL"
Sorry, I ran out of time and didn't do a proper job of it.
Will try again, at some point.
Sherman Logan: "To be perfectly fair, the various CSA invasions of northern territory were generally better-behaved than those of the Union, particularly Shermans troops."
I don't agree, for the following reasons:
- Union troops were normally self-sufficient and did not "live off the land" as a matter of course.
Cases where they did were relatively rare, and concentrated toward the war's end.
- By contrast, Confederate troops were almost never self-sufficient, and always needed to forage and "live off the land".
This was true even in the South, where troops usually "paid" with near-worthless Confederate money.
But once outside the Confederacy itself, such money was not "near-worthless", it was absolutely worthless, meaning Confederate armies were always pillaging, even if they claimed otherwise.
- The actual record of army murders and rapes of civilians -- Union or Confederate -- is small to non-existant.
The biggest single event I could find was Confederate Quantrill's August 1863 Lawrence Massacre, which murdered about 200 Union men and boys in Kansas, and burned down the town.
This was a full year before Sherman's March to the Sea, and before any record I can find of murders or city-burning by Union Forces.
- So I conclude that Confederate Quantrill's Lawrence Massacre killed more Union civilians than all Union forces killed in the Confederacy throughout the war.
Sherman Logan: "Ran across an interesting article about Shermans March and how destructive it was in reality vs. myth."
Thanks for the link, it makes the point very well.
Sherman Logan: "Contemporary accounts are unanimous that SC suffered much more than GA or (particularly) NC..."
Important to point out that not all the destruction -- whether real or fanciful -- was done by Sherman:
"With his supply lines fully severed, [Confederate General John Bell] Hood pulled his troops out of Atlanta the next day, September 1,  destroying supply depots as he left to prevent them from falling into Union hands.
He also set fire to eighty-one loaded ammunition cars, which led to a conflagration watched by hundreds.."
posted on 01/22/2013 1:45:05 PM PST
(a little historical perspective....)
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