William Tecumseh Sherman


William Tecumseh Sherman


After the Mexican War, Sherman was sent by President Zachary Taylor to survey the newly acquired lands of New Mexico, Arizona, and California. On his return, Taylor asked Sherman: “Well, Captain, will our new possessions pay for the blood and treasure spent in the war?”

Recalling the arid lands he had just explored, Sherman replied, “Between you and me, General, I feel that we’ll have to go to war again.” Taylor was aghast. “What for?”

“What for?” Sherman asked. “To make ’em take the darn country back!” said Sherman.

William T. Sherman
Biographical Note: 

William Tecumseh Sherman was a U.S. general. His strategic planning, and in particular his march to the sea (1864) from Atlanta to Savannah, were crucial to the success of the Union forces in the American Civil War (1861–1865).

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Read some biographical information of Sherman, one of the better known Northern Civil War generals.

Photo Info

Photos by Mathew Brady; from the Library of Congress Civil War Collection.