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.