The Burning of Columbia by General Sherman: A Native’s Search for the Truth of the Civil War Campaign Through Georgia and the Carolinas

If you ask nearly anyone in the South what Sherman did during the Civil War, most people would say that he destroyed the southern states, leaving ashes and bodies in his wake. Many would say that he burned Atlanta or Columbia. Who could argue with that? It’s what we’ve been told for over 150 years! But how do we know what happened? What if the history books got it wrong? Who wrote the official stories that have been passed down to us today? How can we trust that we are sharing the correct history? In this book, you will be guided through the historical record left behind by both sides of the argument. You will sift through the documents to determine whether you can trust the writers of the records. When you get to the end of the book, you will be faced with the challenge to make the choice for yourself. Did General Sherman really burn Columbia….. or has he been the fall guy all along?

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If you ask nearly anyone in the South what Sherman did during the Civil War, most people would say that he destroyed the southern states, leaving ashes and bodies in his wake. Many would say that he burned Atlanta or Columbia. Who could argue with that? It’s what we’ve been told for over 150 years! But how do we know what happened? What if the history books got it wrong? Who wrote the official stories that have been passed down to us today? How can we trust that we are sharing the correct history? In this book, you will be guided through the historical record left behind by both sides of the argument. You will sift through the documents to determine whether you can trust the writers of the records. When you get to the end of the book, you will be faced with the challenge to make the choice for yourself. Did General Sherman really burn Columbia….. or has he been the fall guy all along?