Sherman was pretty damn ruthless.
Quote from: RAFH on April 14, 2017, 05:07:04 PMSherman was pretty damn ruthless. yes, he was. although, unlike Grant, he was capable of feeling fear. early in the war, before the country had a sense of how big and long a conflict they were in for, Sherman was freaking out, telling everyone basically "you don't get it", the war was going to last years and cost hundreds of thousands of lives, and the North needed to raise a huge army as soon as possible. the stuff he was saying was considered so ridiculous that he was declared mentally unfit and relieved of command. iirc, he only got his command back after the intervention of his old friend, Grant, who had since risen through the ranks. in the end, Sherman ' s estimates of casualties and number of men required actually turned out to be low.
I may be naive on this, but I like to think the primary target was the "infrastructure" - the system of tunnels - and the destruction of that is the more significant result than the body count.