War Crimes Against Southern Civilians

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Pelican Publishing, Oct 20, 2015
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"Does an astonishing job telling the truth about the wrongdoings of the United States government and its officers."
--Confederate Veteran

The sobering and brutal consequences of the Civil War off the battlefield are revealed in this examination of atrocities committed against civilians. Rationale for the Union's "hard war" and the political ramifications of such a war set the foundation for Walter Cisco's enlightening research. Styled the "Black Flag" campaign, the hard line was agreed to by Lincoln in a council with his generals in 1864, when he gave permission to wage unlimited war against civilians, including women and children.

In a series of concise and 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, black and white, were robbed, brutalized, and left homeless in Sherman's infamous raid through Georgia. Torture and rape were not uncommon. In South Carolina, homes, farms, churches, and whole towns disappeared in flames. Civilians received no mercy at the hands of the Union invaders. Earrings were ripped from bleeding ears, graves were robbed, and towns were pillaged. 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 untold story will interest anyone exploring an alternative perspective on this period in American history.

 

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Contents

An Introduction to Lincolns War
15
We Believe in a War of Extermination Keeping Missouri in the Union
21
Burnt District Order No 11
31
Treason Must Be Made Odious Oppression in Tennessee
39
Soldiers Are Not Expected to Be Angels Fredericksburg Pillaged
51
I Shut My Eyes for Two Hours The Sack of Athens
57
Fleurs du Sud New Orleans Under Butler
63
Randolph Is Gone Law and Order and Sherman
71
Make It a Desolation The Shelling of Atlanta
109
As Captors We Have a Right to It The Forced Evacuation of Atlanta
113
Plundering Dreadfully from All Accounts Hunter in the Shenandoah
117
Nothing Left for Man or Beast Sheridans Devastation
121
General Sherman Is Kind of Careless with Fire The Burning of Atlanta
127
They Took Everything That Was Not RedHot or Nailed Down March to the Sea
131
Sometimes the World Seemed on Fire Sherman in South Carolina
143
And What Do You Think of the Yankees Now? The Burning of Columbia
157

Their Houses Will Be Burned and the Men Shot Tyranny in Tucker County
77
The Best Government the World Ever Saw Milroy Rules Winchester
81
Swamp Angel The Shelling of Charleston
85
I Intend to Take Everything Banks Raids Louisiana
89
No Strict Dichotomy The Lieber Code
99
We Spent the Rest of That Day in the Dungeon Women and Children in Prison
105
We Must Make the Thing Pay Somehow Sherman in North Carolina
163
Marse General Sherman Said War Was Hell Abuse of AfricanAmericans
169
Notes
187
Index
215
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Walter Cisco served in the U.S. Army for three years, seeing action in Vietnam. He is the recipient of the Army commendation Medal and was a captain in the South Carolina State Guard. A lifelong student of the War Between the States, Cisco has spent last decades researching and writing on topics related to this period in Americais history. His articles have appeared in the Confederate Veteran, Civil War, and Southern Partisan. He is a current resident of Orangeburg, South Carolina.

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