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Sherman was not freeing the slaves
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In an article on Fort McAllister for Roadside Georgia, Managing Editor Phyllis Reardon made the statement, "Sherman completed his "March to the Sea" (three miles east of the fort), bringing the Emancipation Proclamation and freeing the slaves." This letter applies to that statement.

whoever did the text writing for this page is either socialst, stupid or very ignorant of their historical facts. sherman was absolutely not on a mission of abolishing slavery. he had an open discontent for "the ______" in his own words, and threatened lincoln with resignation of his command of the western federal armies if he was forced to put black soldiers in his ranks. during his letter exchanges with Confederate Gen. john b. hood, he clearly stated that he did not want the negroes and was not seeking to free them. and just thirty miles north of savannah, along the river at a place known as ebeneezer creek, sherman allowed federal gen. jefferson c. davis to commit an atrocity to rid his wing of the army of "contrabands" as the ever loving feds like to call camp following slaves whose homes and lives were also destroyed by the kind and considerate yanks. learn your history.

Tracy White

Tracy

You are wrong. The statement that Phyllis Reardon made ("bringing the Emancipation Proclamation and freeing the slaves") is absolutely correct. Sherman had no choice but to bring the Emancipation Proclamation with him, it had been decreed by his commander-in-chief, and the very act of taking land that was not a part of the Union after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued made it in force. Nothing Sherman wrote or said could change that. All of the rest of your "historical fact" is irrelevant, and some of it is wrong to boot.

Randy Golden


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