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William T. Sherman
General William T. Sherman on President Abraham Lincoln: The two men who played such a crucial role in the Union victory The depth of Sherman's feelings: “It would take more than this slip of paper for me to record my sentiments of the life and service of Abraham Lincoln”
26/04/1880. From the Oliver Barrett collection, offered for sale for the first time since the middle of the 20th century; The only document of Sherman on his feelings about Lincoln we have found ever reaching the marketIn November 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected President. William T. Sherman was teaching at a military academy in Louisiana at the time. He thought secession a bad idea promulgated by hotheads, but he was not against slavery. He kept aloof from politics and hoped the storm would blow over. However, Sherman later wrote, “The election of Mr. Lincoln fell upon us like a clap of thunder.” By December 15, he wrote his wife that he had little doubt that “Louisiana will quit the Union” in January, and that he would not stay in his job if that proved true. Just a few days later he wrote her more urgently, reaffirming that he would not remain in Louisiana and castigating the Buchanan Administration for failing to reinforce Major Anderson in Charleston harbor.Sherman famously broke with the South and joined the Union cause. His attitude toward President Lincoln was complicated. “General William T. Sherman had Mr. Lincoln’s respect – but not his friendship,” wrote Pennsylvania journalist Alexander K. McClure. They met briefly in the spring of 1861 before Sherman returned to the Union Army, and once again that summer. In that first meeting, Sherman was disgusted by the President’s naive attitude toward the South’s secession. “There is no doubt that Lincoln’s earliest impressions of Sherman were quite as unfavorable to Sherman as were Sherman’s e … [Click Below for Full Description]
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