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I feel I am stepping into a discussion where somehow I have missed some of the postings, but nevertheless... The strong emotional reaction to Sherman's march through the deep South (and Phil Sheridan's trashing of the Shenandoah) derives, I think, from the fact that settled white-run areas of the US had been secure from military action since the Revolution, or at least since the War of 1812. White southerners weren't thinking of say European historical experience when they denounced the memory of Sherman's actions, they were thinking only of their own historical experience. As for the destruction of Native Americans, few white Americans considered those campaigns of anihilation at all. (Though they arise from the collective unconscious here and there, as in Melville's Moby Dick, where an entire crew goes to their own destruction in the whaling vessel named Pequot.) Oddly, to have been successful in their struggle to establish the Confederacy, the CSA armies would have had to be much more successful in taking the war to the North. Had they done so, they would have been faced with the political dilemma of either befriending the northern civilian population by not destroying infrastructure and confiscating supplies ( a discripline that Robert E. Lee apparently maintained while in Pennsylvania in June-July, 1863), or more practically setting out to make it more difficult for the North to wage war by destroying factories, farms, transportation systems, etc. On the level of war-making and state formation, the Confederacy was just too weak to carry out certain war policies that the Union determined were necessary. If they were necessary for the Union forces to succeed, how much more necessary were they for the CSA? One thing I am not certain about is what kind of discussions on infrastructure destruction in the North took place in the CSA war cabinet, congress, and army staffs? Can someone on this list enlighten me? Harold S. Forsythe Golieb Fellow New York University, School of Law ----- Original Message ----- From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <H-SOUTH@H-NET.MSU.EDU> Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2005 12:29 PM Subject: Re: Sherman and the Uncivil War_ > Date: Thursday, May 12 2005 11:21 am > From: Jim Loewen <email@example.com> > Subject: Re: Sherman and the Uncivil War_ > > > One hardly needs to compare Sherman's march to the the Thirty Years' War > to have it look "more benign and familiar," as Kenneth W. Noe put it. > Just compare it to any of our campaigns against Native Americans, such > as that by Sullivan in NY state during the Revolution. > Sherman's march hardly deserves censure. > > -- > James W. Loewen, best email address: firstname.lastname@example.org > >