The hell General Sherman made

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December 5, 2016
The American Conservative
by Steve Donoghue  
Posted in Commentary

'[W]ar with the lid off' was brutal, yes; Sherman intended it to be so, in order to send a message to the Southern population that their government couldn't protect them and so didn't deserve their support. But the brutality was also its own end, ordered and countenanced by Sherman to an extent that would land him in a courtroom at the Hague today. ... the definition of 'military value' was from the onset stretched so far as to lose any meaning. Whole towns were put to the torch, despite pleas not to dispossess their women, children, elderly, and infirm. Whole populations were uprooted and put on forced marches. Assaults, rapes, and murders, absent from the general's recollections, were liberally reported by Southerners; reading accounts less accommodating than McDonough's leads to the inescapable conclusion that war was 'all hell' largely because William Tecumseh Sherman made it that way. In Sherman's March was born No Gun Ri, My Lai, and a dozen other massacres perpetrated on a helpless and innocent civilian population by U.S. forces allowed to conduct 'war with the lid off.'" (12/05/16)

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