Identify each statement about the Sherman source as either true or false.
General Sherman’s account of the effects of the Union army’s foraging efforts
should suffice to complete an assessment of the Confederate perspective on the
economic consequences of the war.
Sherman’s firsthand knowledge of the organizational structure of the foraging
companies offers valuable insight into this Union strategy.
Given Sherman’s rank as general, his recollection of the logistics of the foraging
expeditions provides compelling evidence of their tactical intent.
Originally published just ten years after the end of the Civil War, the
Memoirs of General William T.
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.
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Which acts does Sherman admit that ”bummers” perpetrated against the people of the plantations and
farms they visited?
Check all that apply.