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Identify each statement about the Sherman source as either true or false. Statement True False As an autobiographical text depicting the military advantages derived from the Union foraging efforts, this passage appears to provide a rationale for Sherman’s actions. Because of Sherman’s stature as a Union general in command of those troops who participated in the foraging missions, his account of their coordination provides valuable insight into their military efficacy. Sherman’s recollection of the economic consequences of the Union army’s foraging efforts provides sufficient evidence to complete an assessment of the Confederate perspective on the economic consequences of the campaigns. Points: 1 / 1 Originally published just ten years after the end of the Civil War, the Memoirs of General William T. Sherman offer the perspective of a powerful Union military figure whose side emerged victorious from the conflict. A valuable primary source created by an author whose hand shaped and guided tactical operations that significantly weakened the Confederacy, Sherman’s memoir provides important details regarding the scope of the foraging expeditions that decimated an already battered southern economy and bolstered the northern forces as they marched to the sea. However, because this source is a memoir (an autobiographical account of an author’s experiences) drafted upon reflection and ten years’ hindsight, you must bear the following in mind as you analyze it. Sherman’s memoir, like most, provides a careful selection of events chosen to enhance the author’s legacy and with an eye toward its preservation for posterity. To be sure, Sherman’s subjective rendering provides critical insight into the machinations of the Union army’s foraging expeditions, such as the personnel, procurements, and logistics of these enterprises, and it acknowledges that "exceptional and incidental" acts of blatant robbery did, indeed, occur peripherally while the expeditions advanced the strategic interests of the Union army. However, it is well to note that Sherman cites the foraging expeditions as "necessary," as "indispensable to [the Union’s] success" and as having precedent in previous European wars. These final assertions reflect the bias and perspective of a historical figure whose actions bore fruit, but they must be judged only as evidence to contextualize Sherman’s view on the events surrounding his march to the sea. Which of these items does Sherman state that foraging expeditions procured from the plantations and farms they visited? Check all that apply.

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