Apparently, today is the 186th anniversary of the birth of William Tecumseh Sherman. Rich Policz takes the occasion as an opportunity to set the record straight on Shermans march through the South. Sherman has been much maligned by history as a brute who unethically terrorized civilians in the South. As Policz points out:
Most history books dont tell how bloodless the march was for both sides. Of course there were those individuals and small groups, who crazed with rage at Shermans men, would raise their guns only to be shot down, but by and large the Union army was very restrained in their evacuating of civilians before ripping apart their world. Furthermore, by crushing the spirit of the rebels it shortened the continued bloody collisions of the two opposing armies in other theatres of the war.