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  •  probably too far (0+ / 0-)

    but worth the HR

    maybe should have stuck with Sherman burning the stupid towns

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 10:35:51 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, he should have burned less (2+ / 0-)

      Lots of valuable Revolutionary War era documents were lost in Georgia and the Carolinas due to the Sherman's "bummers."

      On the other hand, actively shifting slave owners off their land and giving the land to the slaves, and otherwise aggressively promoting the Freedman's Bureau would have gone a long way to destroying the old Southern order for good.

      But then, Sherman wasn't a political man.

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