Sherman's Involvement In The Vietnam War

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Whether it be the involvement of the U.S. in the Vietnam War or the decision to drop the nuclear bombs on the Japanese islands of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, wherever conflict arises, controversy is not far behind. It is easy to view military actions as great triumphs, but one must ask if they adhere to our values as human beings. General William T. Sherman’s destruction of the South in his march to the sea was not only unnecessary in terms of the outcome of the war, but the extent of its brutality was inhumane and negatively impacted the cause for peace between the North and the South during and after the war. Sherman’s obliteration of the South in his march to the sea was uncalled for and against the very purpose of the war. The treatment of…show more content…
The South would end up rejoining the Union as a crippled, angry population. This is not the outcome the Union had hoped for. Sherman’s march through the South abused the innocent in order to punish and eventually defeat the guilty. He ruined the lives of many civilians in the South and generations of southern civilians to come. This punishment of the whole population showed that Sherman had no interest in a united country. He was more interested in disciplining the seceding states. In “Sherman’s March to the Sea,” F.O.C. Darley depicts a house burning, a child weeping at the side of his mother, and an old man struggling to go on all while Sherman’s men march toward the fleeing Confederates. Through the destruction of civilian towns and plantations, Sherman damaged countless lives mentally and economically. This depiction shows that the current generation and future generations would feel the effects of Sherman’s march. From the rubble emerged a broke economy and an enormous population of vengeful citizens. Thus, resulting in a country, although reunited, without peace. With this in mind, Sherman’s actions showed that he was not thinking about the good of the country, but instead he was thinking about his
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