Demon of the Lost Cause: Sherman and Civil War History (SHADES OF BLUE & GRAY)
Interesting than the events themselves, even in the case of a man like William T. Sherman. CHAPTER 1 The Prewar Years and the Early War Although Sherman was unknown to the general public at the beginning of the war, the template for his future reputation began to emerge early on in the mind of the Southern public. Ulysses S. Grant, in his personal memoirs, described marching his regiment through a deserted Missouri town at the beginning of the war. People “had evidently been led to believe.
One can only presume that as the excess equipment, non-combat troops, and wounded were loaded onto trains, these stragglers would have done everything possible to leave as well. As Sherman put it in a report to Grant, he sent back the “sick and wounded and worthless.”29 It is ironic that those who went to the rear to avoid combat found themselves in the middle of the worst fighting of the war, the battles of Franklin and Nashville. Sherman reached Savannah on December 14, 1864. In those.
Did the crushing defeats at Franklin and Nashville and that the Army of Tennessee was a broken force before it even left Georgia greatly upset men such as Generals George Thomas and John Schofield whose reputations depended on the battles Sherman was belittling.72 When Sherman abandoned Atlanta, General Hood and his force of nearly thirty thousand men, mostly made up of the Army of Tennessee, was the major loose end of the Atlanta campaign. Neither Sherman nor any of his superiors knew what Hood.
He needed to defend himself against two charges: his forced evacuation of Atlanta and the burning of Columbia. According to Davis, the nearly seventeen hundred Atlanta residents sent south out of the city were severely mistreated and robbed of their few positions. Sherman was offended by this accusation. He told the audience of veterans and dignitaries that it was “simply absurd” to make such a claim. He felt it was important for him to refute this claim, and he read a report written by Major.
Convention held in Atlanta in 1895, the UDC was founded independently by Caroline Meriwether Goodlett of Tennessee and Anna Mitchell Davenport of Georgia.32 The UDC was an active and powerful organization. By the First World War it had more than a hundred thousand members in more than four hundred chapters across the South and the occasional Northern state. The UCV never reached more than eighty-five thousand members. The UDC was responsible for many of the Confederate memorials that dot the.