Statistics for occurrence #1 of “General Sherman” in article 1 of The Daily Dispatch: January 31, 1865., [Electronic resource]:
...the burning of every house, the dishonor of every woman, the indiscriminate murder of old and young from one end of South Carolina to the other.
That is what it means; nothing more, nothing less.
General Sherman need not say that he cannot restrain his troops.--If he cannot, he is unfit for his position.
Any general, who chooses, has at his disposal ample means of enforcing discipline and good behavior.
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