William Tecumseh Sherman Quotes

Hold the fort! I am coming!

There’s many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory but it is all hell.

The legitimate object of war is a more perfect peace.

I make up my opinions from facts and reasoning, and not to suit any body but myself. If people don’t like my opinions, it makes little difference as I don’t solicit their opinions or votes.

I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast.

Newspaper correspondents with an army, as a rule, are mischievous. They are the world’s gossips, pick up and retail the camp scandal, and gradually drift to the headquarters of some general, who finds it easier to make reputation at home than with his own corps or division. They are also tempted to prophesy events and […]

The scenes of this field (Shiloh) would have cured anybody of war. Mangled bodies, dead, dying, in every conceivable shape, without heads, legs; and horses!… I still feel the horrid nature of this war, and the piles of dead Gentlemen and wounded and mained makes me more anxious than ever for some hope of an […]

Who but a living witness can adequately portray those scenes on Shiloh’s field, when our wounded men, mingled with rebels, charred and blackened by the burning tents and underbrush, were crawling about, begging for someone to end their misery? Who can describe the plunging shot shattering the strong oak as with a thunderbolt, and beating […]

He belonged to that army known as invincible in peace, invisible in war.