There is a class of people, men, women, and children, who must be killed or banished before you can hope for peace and order.” — General William T. Sherman, United States Army
“The people must be left nothing but their eyes to weep with.” — General Phillip Sheridan, United States Army
In American Terrorists, author Michael Andrew Grissom employs first-hand accounts to reveal the brutality of the armed forces under the command of the country’s sixteenth president. Here, the reader will find excerpts from diaries, letters, newspaper accounts of the period, and reminiscences of those who were actual victims of the solider and officers of the United States military as they swarmed across Dixie during Lincoln’s war against the South. In shocking detail, some uncomfortable truths emerge about military operations in the South. Contrary to craftily manufactured legend Lincoln was no saint, and neither were his soldiers.