GPB will air a fascinating new documentary Thursday night that offers a more well-rounded picture of Gen. William T. Sherman than that of the 100 percent Evil Outsider he’s generally regarded as ‘round these parts. Don’t misunderstand. “When Georgia Howled: Sherman on the March,” which airs at 8 p.m., doesn’t ignore the Union commander’s 37-week campaign here in 1864 that destroyed some 40 percent of Atlanta and arguably hastened the end of the Civil War with his brutally efficient “March to the Sea” in Savannah.
But the one-hour documentary — a campanion piece to the Emmy-winning “37 Weeks: Sherman on the March” segments that ran on GPB last year — digs deep into historical writings and plumbs the knowledge of modern-day experts at the Atlanta History Center, UGA, Clarke Atlanta and Kennesaw State University to examine Sherman’s tactics and abilities as a leader. “In the end,” the documentary which GPB made in conjunction with the AHC, concludes, “it was the most decisive 37 weeks in American history, forever changing who were as a natio