The other day I was reading the book Armchair Reader: Civil War published in 2007. I came across a paragraph about Sherman. It claimed that he actually wasn’t as unpopular in the South as I thought-at least according to this entry from the volume:
“Sherman remained popular after the war, even-surprising as it may sound today-in the South. In 1879, he toured the sites of many of his Southern victories, such as Atlanta and Savannah, and received a friendly reception. Many expected that he would follow in Grant’s footsteps and run for president, but Sherman never had any interest. When supporters threatened to draft him as a Republican candidate in 1884, he wired back a famous response: ‘I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.’ The nomination that year went instead to James G. Blaine, who lost to Grover Cleveland. Sherman died in 1891. Joseph E. Johnston, the Confederate general who surrendered to him in North Carolina, served as a pallbearer at his funeral.”
Note to self: apparently, my grandmother’s perception of William T. Sherman wasn’t universally shared by all.
Other Sherman related items:
I’ve always chuckled when reading President Abraham Lincoln’s comment about General Sherman when he was asked about his objective in the march:
“I know the hole he went in at, but I can’t tell you what hole he will come out of.”
Prior to that, General Sherman had wired Lincoln with the following message:
“I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah.”Mail this post