Monday, September 7, 2015

Discussion and Movie on General Sherman-- Part 2: Helped End the War More Quickly

Sherman's March was the subject of the movie presented at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina.    Actually, he had two marches.  The most famous was the March to the Sea across Georgia.  But then he had his March Through the Carolinas when he went through South and North Carolina.

The event had special meaning for Wayne County residents Goldsboro was his main objective with its rail connections.  Sherman planned to meet up with two other Union forces for his final drive against Confederate General Joe Johnston.  He did do a great job of keeping the Confederates guessing what his ultimate goal was, however.

Local historian Kirk Keller spoke before and after the movie and offered the opinion that Sherman was not the monster many Southerners have always considered him to be.

According to Keller, "Try to look at it from the outside in."  His hard style of fighting helped bring about the end of the war more quickly and saved lives as a result.

This Would Be a Hard One to Accept.  --Old Secesh

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