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Terror as Strategy in the USA Civil War

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Coalbanks Was there a deliberate strategy of terror on the part of the Federal gov't during the Civil War? Was this an openly - held policy or a secret presidential policy? Was it not gov't policy but the policy of some field commanders to which their military & political masters turned a blind eye?

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Robert One thing that is often overlooked is that the south had its own scorched earth policy, burning their own assets to kep them from falling into Union hands. Sherman didn't do all the burning. Richmond, VA, for example, was torched by the Confederates. This is one of the reasons Lincoln was cheered by the populace of the former Confederate capitol when he took a walking tour of the city just after the city had fallen to the Union.

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