Here is a story that gives first hand accounts of the atrocities commited by Sherman on his march through Georgia. http://peoplesworld.org/great-grandfather-who-helped-end-slavery-and-save-a-nation-remembered#PageComment_232292
Here are my comments I posted to the article but they have not appeared at this time.
This would be a good story if all of it was true. For instance the tens of thousands of Negroes to the Union Army. How about those that was conscripted and dragged away from their crying families??? I do like the firsthand accounts of the looting, burning and destruction done to the South by the invaders. This is something that most Yankee historians and scholars deny. See my website http://confederatepows.southernheritageadvancementpreservationeducation.com/page.php?6
As to freeing the slaves, the freeing of the slaves wasn’t a goal at the beginning of the war. The passing of the Emancipation Proclamation only freed the slaves belonging to the REBELS. It should be noted West Virginia came into the Union as a slave state.
And then we have this about the great victory parade —-
No Black Veterans in the Army of Emancipation Grand Review:
“More surprising [in the Washington Grand Review of the federal armies] was the exclusion from the parade of the black Union regiments, some of which had fought a good deal longer than the white units on parade. A number of observers commented on their absence, the Inquirer concluding that “by some process it was arranged that none should be here….They can afford to wait. Their time will yet come.”
The few blacks in the review marched as parts of “pick and shovel” brigades or were included as comic relief. Two large black soldiers with Sherman’s army, for example, were displayed “riding on very small mules, their feet nearly touching the ground.”
Captured slaves were described as “odd looking “contrabands” dressed in all the colors that ever adorned Joseph’s coat.” In the rear of the First Pennsylvania, one such captive, mounted on a solitary Confederate mule, “created much laughter, in which the President and others joined heartily” as he was carried past the reviewing stand.
Neither the free black nor the free black soldier was to be the hero of this national pageant; instead, each was relegated a secondary, rather uneasy position within it. The exclusion of blacks from the celebration was a clear message about the sort of Union the white [Northern] veterans felt they had preserved.” (Glorious Contentment, The Grand Army of the Republic, Stuart McConnell, UNC Press, 1992, pp. 8-9)