Conduct of the Northern ArmyLately, media outlets have been giving some attention to the 150th anniversary of General William T. Sherman’s infamous march through
Any honest person who takes the time and trouble to study the war of 1861-1865 cannot help but perceive a striking contrast between the conduct of the Northern forces (the so-called “Grand Army of the Republic”) and the Confederate troops. The campaigns of Sherman and Sheridan were not the only demonstrations of savagery by the northern army, in whose operations the practices of wanton destruction, pillage and abuse of civilians were widespread and often systematic from beginning to end, and characterized by a ruthlessness that was all the more monstrous because it was directed at fellow Americans.
In the summer of 1863, the 15th S.C. Infantry Regiment was in
Franklin Gaillard, a Confederate officer from South Carolina who served in Lee’s army, wrote home to his son on
While the Confederates were in control of
About Karen Stokes
Karen Stokes is an archivist and writer in