The Military Ethics of General William T. Sherman: A Reassessment
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The morality of General William Tecumseh Shermans military campaigns-what he did and what he allowed his subordinate commanders and troops to do-has been extensively debated for more than a century. Shermans critics charge that as a commander Sherman employed such terrorist tactics as licensing the random execution of noncombatants, destroying and pillaging private property, and even plotting Indian genocide. According to Shermans detractors, his troops during both the Civil War and the Indian Wars, protected by the moral indifference of their commander, were guilty of murder, theft, arson, rape, and the desecration of cemeteries and burial grounds.
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