Grits and Tamales

Life in the Deep South, by Gabriel Aguilera

General Sherman on Friendship

I found this to be a profound reflection on friendship.

“Grant is a great General. I know him well. He stood by me when I was crazy and I stood by him when he was drunk. And now, sir, we stand by each other always.” -General Sherman.

The quote above comes after Sherman, mole-like, surfaces up on the East Coast after his ostentatious razing of the Cotton Belt.  Lincoln had been reelected and  there was talk about promoting him to Grant’s level. Some wanted to make him president and Sherman, famously, would have none of this.

General Sherman was philosopher as well as excellent with words. He articulated a coherent argument for coercive diplomacy a la Schelling to justify his scorched earth tactics on his long march to the sea. Something, it should be noted, that Lincoln understood, agreed with, and immediately endorsed.

General Sherman


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