Letter: Sherman a war criminal

I am writing this letter in response to the letters recently submitted by Ernie Feierabend and Thomas Oswald praising William Tecumseh Sherman. Obviously, these men have a very limited knowledge of Civil War history.

If the South had won the Civil War, William Tecumseh Sherman would have been hanged as a war criminal for the extensive atrocities and crimes against humanity which his army perpetrated against the civilian population of Georgia during his infamous “March to the Sea” in 1864. Never before in the history of Western civilization warfare had such a large-scale attack been specifically directed against the civilian population by an army in the field.

Naming a building for Sherman on the LSU campus, or naming anything for Sherman in Louisiana or in the rest of the South, would be an outrage and a monstrosity. Such a proposal should be summarily rejected as insulting and preposterous.

Harry L. Shoemaker


Baton Rouge