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To: Moonman62
They didn't do any good because they weren't meant for protection.

The bales weren't for protection, they were moved there as to be protected, i.e. not burned. That is what Sherman's Torches were doing, burning everything.

49 posted on 04/24/2013 2:14:00 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
The bales weren't for protection, they were moved there as to be protected, i.e. not burned.

Really? What's your source for that? What would rain do to cotton bales out in the open?

Why would Hampton give orders not to fire the cotton unless he put it there for kindling?

That is what Sherman's Torches were doing, burning everything.

You've given no evidence for that, whatsoever.

As Sherman later said, if he had intended to burn Columbia, he would have done a complete job if it without concealment.

55 posted on 04/24/2013 2:59:48 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: central_va
The bales weren't for protection, they were moved there as to be protected, i.e. not burned.

Which is, of course, why you leave them lying in the street. Good plan.

60 posted on 04/24/2013 3:42:52 PM PDT by 0.E.O
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