SAT Subject US History Practice Question 645: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 645

86. Which of the following describes General William T. Sherman's strategy of total war against the Confederacy?

A. Using both navy and army troops
B. Employing all the troops all the time
C. Destroying everything that would allow the Confederacy to keep fighting
D. Killing all enemies rather than taking them prisoner
E. Enlisting civilians to fight

Correct Answer: C


Sherman wanted to defeat the South as quickly as possible; therefore, his troops were ordered to destroy anything they came across that might conceivably help the South. The Union troops set fire to cotton fields, burned down houses, stole livestock, and so on.

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