Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
“War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.”Gen. William T. Sherman
Though junior to Grant, the outspoken Sherman functioned in many ways as both partner and advisor to his more taciturn superior. While they lacked the romanticized glamour of the Confederate team of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, for sheer results and the ability to stay focused on strategic objectives, it could be argued that Sherman and Grant formed the most effective military partnership in modern warfare.
The March to the Sea
“Three years ago, by a little reflection and patience, they could have had a hundred years of peace and prosperity, but they preferred war; very well. Last year they could have saved their slaves, but now it is too late. All the powers of earth cannot return to them their slaves, any more than their dead grandfathers. Next year their lands will be taken; and in another year they may beg in vain for their lives.”