“Then Sir, we will give them the bayonet.”
On Mackey’s blog page at
he uses a book by Edward Caudill and Paul Ashdown — Sherman’s March in Myth and Memory as a historical reference to dismiss any negative commentary about Genl. W. T. Sherman. Mackey goes on to give several cherry picked examples of how good Sherman was and how he never did any of the things Southerners blame on him. Now keep in mind this is from others who may have an agenda to forward.
That being said, and from what Mackey has posted I believe the book has no value as a historical tool. The reason is simple I can go to Sherman’s memoirs and find this quote in his own words.
If the people raise a howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity-seeking. If they want peace, they and their relatives most stop the war.
That one sentence pretty much sums up Sherman’s actions in the war.