Chambersburg, Pennsylvania ----- http://www.angelfire.com/wv/wasec9/chambersburg.html
"After waiting until the expiration of the six hours, and finding that the proclamation would not be complied with, the destruction was begun by firing the most central blocks first, and after the inhabitants had been removed from them. Thus the town was destroyed, and the citizens driven to the hills and fields adjacent thereto. No lives were lost among the citizens, and only one soldier was killed, he being killed after the troops had left the place. About noon the troops were re-formed on the high ground overlooking the town, where most of them had been posted in the early morning, and the return to the Potomac was begun. We reached the river the next day at or near Hancock, Md. "Gen. Early, in his 'Memoir,' page 57, says: 'A written demand was sent to the municipal authorities, and they were informed what would be the result of a failure or refusal to comply with it.'
The Lawrence Massacre --- http://www.kancoll.org/books/cordley_massacre/quantrel.raid.html
No woman is listed as being killed. Of course as stated there are few accounts of the event. Also noted there was bad blood brewing for years before the war and a military garrison was stationed there. Not so with some of the towns and homes burned by Sherman such as Columbia South Carolina.
Are you sure it was a massacre? There is generally two sides two every story. Wasn’t this an action between two military units? If that is the case, why isn’t Franklin, Nashville and Gettysburg a massacre? Here is an excellent and more than likely a truer account of the action. http://civilwararkansas.blogspot.com/?widgetType=BlogArchive&widgetId=BlogArchive1&action=toggle&dir=open&toggle=MONTHLY-1201845600000&toggleopen=MONTHLY-1241154000000.
I do believe I have as good understanding of history, at least I have enough that I don’t have to put my knowledge on public display and try to defend atrocities commited by an invading army. I said nothing about accidental deaths, I said the DELIBERATE murder, rape, kidnapping of old men women, children and Confederate POWs. Most of the towns burned by the Union were done under orders and not as a result of military actions. Corinth is the only city I know that is said to be in COMPLETE ruins after a battle. Now if ain’t fair or right why are you trying to convince me that it is? Why are you trying to cite abuses by Confederates when you know only portion of the facts? Is it because these abuses happened to Southerners and you believe as Sherman wrote to Stanton in 1864. "There is a class of people [in the South] … men, women, and children, who must be killed or banished before you can hope for peace and order."
Oh I study history every day. War is messy especially the way the Union army fought it, but does that really justify the abuses by this armed band? Come on answer the question quit dodging the answer. I gather these actions are Ok because they are Southern people??? I really want to know how you and Sanders can justify these actions. “War is hell” is the best you can do????
I can claim almost any right on this board I want, except owner. You see I was the second person to post here some 8 years or so ago. Most of the others came shortly after. You don't like the fact that most people here are Southerners and post fact that interest us, post your own fact nobody is stopping you. Leave your assumption that because the people of the South lost to greater numbers, it is right for the Union Army to have inflicted the abuses upon a civilian population. There was absolutely no justification what so ever.
I assume that by taking that last little jab at this board with your thinly veiled insult you feel you have superior knowledge to the rest of us? That being the case feel free to give us a history lesson, it should be interesting to say the least. What the real problem is, you are mired in your own closed minded, biased righteousness and take the attitude of "we have the might we must be right.”
To bad you only have the knowledge to qualify as half a hoot.
Have a Dixie Day.