i do know they burned the cotton fields to stop their exporting that was funding the south but im very skeptical about the raping bit. Fairfax MF---er is correct in that the war would have lasted far longer but the idea was to cut off the revenue. m not sure if there was any intent to starve the southern army but it is possible. i, however, do not buy this oppressive dictator bit.
last i heard, the southern states barely cover the civil war in history classes. i guess they are a bit sore still. :)
"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."