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Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891) to Charles A. Morton

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03780 Author/Creator: Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 January 1880 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Commander in Chief of the Army Sherman writes to Colonel Morton regarding the destruction incurred on Sherman's March to the Sea. He discusses the term "Sherman's Monuments" for the chimneys left after houses burnt down, claims that he never sanctioned the burning of a private dwelling, and states that there was more desolation in Vicksburg and the Shenandoah Valley left by Grant's troops. He dismisses Southern politicians who decry vandalism in the South during the war, seeing such destruction as something the South brought upon itself.

People: Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891.
Morton, Charles A., fl. 1880.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Union General, Sherman's March to the Sea, Wartime Pillaging and Destruction, Politics, Reconstruction

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