Eyewitnesses to General W.T. Sherman's Atrocities in the Civil War

Eyewitnesses to General W.T. Sherman's Atrocities in the Civil War

by Patricia G. McNeely


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General William T. Sherman went to great lengths during the burning of Columbia, South Carolina, to protect his "particular friend Miss Poyas," whose family he visited frequently while he was a bachelor stationed at Fort Moultrie between 1842 and 1846.
The book and letters that Sherman signed and gave to her before, during and after the Civil War, along with an eyewitness account of his visits, have been privately saved for more than 150 years by descendants of Mary Catherine Poyas Walker.
Recently released, the documents, along with other eyewitness accounts, provide significant new insight into Sherman's personal life as well as evidence of the atrocities committed by his troops in his military, economic and psychological war on civilians in Georgia and the Carolinas.
The documents and eyewitnesses also finally and convincingly end the 150-year-old controversy about who burned Columbia. Admitting his strategy to destroy towns in his path rather than leaving occupying forces, Sherman told Mary Catherine that he "had not wanted to burn the town, it was such a pretty place," but "could leave no part" of his army to keep it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781539484103
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/28/2016
Pages: 206
Sales rank: 539,113
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Professor Emerita Patricia G. Pat McNeely taught writing and reporting in the University of South Carolina School of Journalism for 33 years. Before joining the faculty, McNeely was a reporter and editor for The Greenville News, The State and The Columbia Record.
She is also the author of "Sherman's Flame and Blame Campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas ... and the burning of Columbia," which documents Sherman's psychological war on civilians and his successful strategy of blaming much of his destruction on the nearest Confederates; "Lincoln, Sherman, Davis and the Lost Confederate Gold," which traces gold through President Lincoln's assassination and the collapse of the Confederate government; as well as "Hand-written Recipes and Memories from America's First Families," a history/recipe book of memories and recipes passed down from families who arrived at James Town, Virginia, in 1619; "Fighting Words: A Media History of South Carolina;" and co-author of "Knights of the Quill: Confederate Correspondents and their Civil War Reporting."

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