I saw a hit piece on Ulysses S. Grant's generalship in the New York Times. The author's assertions were completely eviscerated in the comment section. I saw this comment by someone by the name of William Turnier. I so enjoyed his comment on William T. Sherman I had to share it:
"Sherman gets flak from too many Southerners for killing their great- grandfather's pigs and burning the barn so that great granddaddy would not have to be killed in some unnecessary battle fought to preserve a system of wealth based on human chattel. I have never understood this way of thinking. Had the hogs not died and the barn not been burned, great grandpa likely not have been around to provide the offspring from which they descend. Basically Sherman's laying waste to the productive capacity of the South let its people live so that they could produce subsequent generations who could lament the loss of livestock and barns."