Cump, it never occurred to me that you were not who you said you were. You have too much pride in your Turchinev kinfolk to hide your light under a bushel. As do I. You've never alienated me. My quibbling is not so much our latest poster using an alias. There are many reasons for it, I suppose. But when one chooses that route he or she has a great responsibility to source inflammatoy statements and refrain from being pedantic and judgemental.
When challenged with facts by some of the more knowledgeable members of the board, UncCump just responds with more propaganda. I feel sorry for his lack of education or curiosity. If he had more of the latter he could go far toward making up for the former. The causes of the war are tangled in opinions of the time, lost paper trails, and, admittedly, emotions held for long periods when one's folks have been mistreated. My people had not owned any slaves since 1824, being small farmers. But when they felt their home was being threatened, they went to war. In their minds, slavery had nothing to do with it. Their CO had been to the Georgia secession convention, and voted AGAINST it. But when push came to shove, he buckled on his sword, raised a regiment, and took it to Virginia.
As to our opinion of Sherman, the man was a little careless with matches. However, when he attended the Atlanta Exposition in 1895, he was made welcome. I have always had a grudging respect for him. He knew what war entailed and was willing to fight to win. We need more of that, not less. In questioning UncCump about his name, I meant no disrespect to you nor Sherman. I do wonder about UncCump. Stan