Federal troops, waging the total war that Sherman believed was necessary, were instructed to destroy the South's ability to make war. Here, they destroy a section of railroad tracks at Pocataligo. Sherman's march through South Carolina did not create enormous human casualties, unless the loss of pride and the destruction of property is counted in that category. Sherman believed that the war was so terrible that it had to be ended quickly, to destroy the will of the people to wage it.
Courtesy of the Pratt Memorial Library.