“Atlanta Is Ours, and Fairly Won” 150

Sherman

Sherman

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History

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8 comments… add one
  • Dudley Bokoski Sep 1, 2014 @ 18:21

    I suspect by “fairly won” Sherman meant it was won in battle with not inconsequential casualties on both sides. It would not have had to do with the burning of the city, as this did not occur the Union forces were preparing to leave.

  • Laura McCarty Sep 1, 2014 @ 16:42
  • Pat Young Sep 1, 2014 @ 14:17

    What does “and fairly won” mean?

    • Kevin Levin Sep 1, 2014 @ 15:19

      Great question, Pat.

      • Dave Stilwell Sep 1, 2014 @ 15:54

        I was wondered about that, too. I thought maybe it was Gen. Sherman’s way of striking back at the southerners claims that he was a terrorist or arsonist instead of a soldier. But, those probably didn’t start until after the march to the sea, no?

    • Andy Hall Sep 1, 2014 @ 17:03

      I think it’s just Sherman’s way of saying, “we fought for this one all the way through.”

    • Christopher Shelley Sep 1, 2014 @ 19:48

      It means he didn’t cheat.

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