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William Tecumseh Sherman Quotes

A battery of field artillery is worth a thousand muskets.

An Army is a collection of armed men obliged to obey one man. Every change in the rules which impairs the principle weakens the army.

But, my dear sirs, when peace does come, you may call on me for any thing. Then will I share with you the last cracker, and watch with you to shield your homes and families against danger from every quarter.

Courage - a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.

Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.

Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other.

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

I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.

I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.

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.

I intend to make Georgia howl.

I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices to-day than any of you to secure 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 think I understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers.

I will accept no commission that would tend to create a rivalry with Grant. I want him to hold what he has earned and got. I have all the rank I want.

I would make this war as severe as possible, and show no symptoms of tiring till the South begs for mercy.

If forced to choose between the penitentiary and the White House for four years, I would say the penitentiary, thank you.

If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.

If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.

If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.