[2015] Emily Parsons (Schweiss Block 2): Sherman´s March to the Sea

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[2015] Emily Parsons (Schweiss Block 2): Sherman´s March to the Sea

Sherman's March to the Sea

Lincoln sends armies to completely devestate the south

Sherman leads the Union forces

November 20, 1864. About ten o'clock they had all passed save one, who came in and wanted coffee made, which was done, and he, too, went on. A few minutes elapsed, and two couriers riding rapidly passed back. Then, presently, more soldiers came by, and this ended the passing of Sherman's army by my place, leaving me poorer by thirty thousand dollars than I was yesterday morning. And a much stronger Rebel!-Dolly Sumner Lunt

An excerpt from Dolly Sumner Lunt's DiaryA woman of the South records the devastation Sherman’s army brings to the South. Many women were alone during this time due the drafts and need for abled-bodied men. The March had to be a scary time for women and children, with no protection from husbands and fathers, as Sherman ruthlessly plowed through the South in the name of the Union.

Sherman's March to the Seaarranged by C. AscherAnother cultural example of the Union fight is a song arranged by C. Ascher regarding Sherman’s “March to the Sea.” In the North, it was almost as if there was no war at all—they continued to jam to music and dance at gatherings and balls. This song evoked support for Sherman’s campaign from the Northerners through an admirable medium.

Sherman's March to the SeaF.O.C. DarleyIn a time of crisis, the Union continues to search for a cultural identity. Paintings such as this one show how artists strived to create support for various Northern military campaigns. Darley recreates a scene in which Sherman's forces burn railroads, demolish telegraph lines, and destroy buildings in his "March to the Sea."


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