No podcast tonight, folks – I’ll save the story of Appomattox for the sesquicentennial 2 years from now. I had planned to cover it for this week’s podcast, but frankly got caught up in a different war tonight.
I just watched this great documentary on the Bomber Command of WWII. It’s not Civil War based, I admit, but the ethical questions raised by Arthur Harris’ carrying the war to populations has always reminded me of the controversy around Sherman.
The veterans in this documentary echo Sherman’s defense of his campaign:
We cannot change the hearts and minds of those people of the South, but we can make war so terrible … [and] make them so sick of war that generations would pass away before they would again appeal to it.