Tuesday, September 4, 2018
The Battle of Tuliffiny-- Part 4: Sherman Aproacheth
In early December 1864 Major general William T. Sherman and his 62,000-man army was approaching the South Carolina border on his March to the Sea with Savannah as an objective. Sherman had ordered his men to adopt a "scorched earth" policy against the Confederates. That meant burning and destroying crops, homes, confiscation and killing of livestock and the consumption of any supplies needed by his army.
This early example of total war was meant to cause mass desertion in the enemy ranks and break the South's will to fight.
Tuliffiny was one of eight engagements during the war in which cadets from the South Carolina Military Academy (SCMA) (also known as the Battalion of State Cadets) participated.