War Crimes Against Southern Civilians
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"Of all the enormities committed by Americans in the nineteenth century--including slavery and the Indian wars--the worst was the invasion of the South, which destroyed some twenty billion dollars of private and public property and resulted in the deaths of some two million people, most of whom were civilians--both white and black."
--David Aiken, editor of A City Laid Waste: The Capture, Sack, and Destruction of the City of Columbia
Finally, here is the first book-length survey of the Union's "hard war" against the people of the Confederacy--one that included the shelling and burning of cities, systematic destruction of entire districts, mass arrests, forced expulsions, wholesale plundering, and murder.
In a series of compelling chapters, Cisco chronicles the St. Louis massacre, where Federal authorities proceeded to impose a reign of terror and dictatorship in Missouri. He tells of the events leading to, and the suffering caused by, the Federal decree that forced twenty thousand Missouri civilians into exile. The arrests of civilians, the suppression of civil liberties, theft, and murder to "restore the union" in Tennessee are also examined.
Women and children were robbed, brutalized, and left homeless in Sherman's infamous raid through Georgia. In South Carolina, homes, farms, churches, and whole towns disappeared in flames. Civilians received no mercy at the hands of the Union invaders.
Thoroughly researched from sources including letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts of the time, Walter Brian Cisco's exhaustive book notably pays careful attention to the suffering of African-American victims of Federal brutality, revealing that wherever Federal troops encountered Southern blacks, whether free or slave, they were robbed, brutalized, belittled, kidnapped, threatened, tortured, and sometimes raped or killed by their blue-clad "liberators."
Apologists for Lincoln's hard war continue to downplay the suffering endured and the damage done, blame the victims, or call some of the above incidents "accidents" or "mistakes." Many also cling to the Lincolnian myth that only by the most horrendous of wars could the slaves be freed, ignoring the fact that the rest of the Western world managed to bring an end to the institution without bloodshed. This book serves to set the record straight and to show that the war on Southern civilians was not justified, despite the convictions by many that such a war was necessary to save the union.
Walter Brian Cisco's first book, States Rights Gist: A South Carolina General of the Civil War, a biography of the little-known general, was a 1992 selection of the History Book Club. He is also the author of Taking a Stand: Portraits from the Southern Secession Movement, Henry Timrod: A Biography, and Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior, Conservative Statesman, considered the definitive biography of Hampton and the 2006 winner of the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award. He lives in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
- Publisher : Pelican Publishing (April 30, 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 158980466X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1589804661
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 0.75 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #658,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In a series of concise and compelling chapters, where Federal authorities proceeded to impose a reign of terror and dictatorship in Missouri.It tells of the events leading to, and the suffering caused by, the Federal decree that forced twenty thousand Missouri civilians into exile. The arrests of civilians, the suppression of civil liberties, theft, and murder to "restore the Union" in Tennessee are also examined.
Women and children, black and white, were robbed, brutalized, and left homeless. Wherever Federal troops encountered Southern Blacks, whether free or slave, they were robbed, brutalized, belittled, kidnapped, threatened, tortured, and sometimes raped or killed by their blue-clad "liberators."
Carefully researched, largely from primary sources, the book includes notes and illustrations. This book is a start to undo the hundred plus years of lies perpetrated on this country regarding the awful and needless war. It was nothing less that genocide committed by Americans against Americans.
I will never again hoist the American flag or salute it with the same heart as before. I can not look at this country with the same eyes as before.
The book describes in detail the horrifying war crimes committed by the north against Southern civilians. There was no regard for race, age, or anything else. Anyone in the path of the northern army was treated in ways that even the most evil tyrants would consider horrifying. Murder, rape, torture, thievery, arson, racism, antisemitism, desecration of graves - these were the tools used by the north to punish the South whose only crime was exercising their Constitutional rights and trying to defend the ideals of the Founding Fathers.
Lincoln illegally started and then pushed for a “hard war” to punish the South. It is evident that he was aware of and sanctioned all that happened. In every history course I have taken both in public school and college, Sherman’s “march to the sea” is mostly glossed over as a way to break the South into submission. This book describes the actual horrors endured by Southern civilians.
Attributed to Sherman, a March 1865 quote to the city fathers of Fayetteville, North Carolina who were begging him to spare the cotton mills is both shocking and insightful. “Gentlemen, N.….. and cotton caused this war, and I wish they were both in Hell.”
What is described in this book is so horrendous it is difficult to believe or even comprehend but the author clearly footnotes and lists sources. Moreover, I am 70 and as a child heard stories of yankee war crimes from my great aunts, the children of those who witnessed events such as those described in the book.
Read this book and learn who the real villains were in the War for Southern Independence!