MLA Platinum Award Press Release

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

BookBrowse's Favorite Quotes

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

William ShermanGeneral William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891) was born in Lancaster, Ohio in 1820. He was orphaned at the age of nine and raised by Thomas Ewing, a prominent Ohio politician (Sherman later married his foster sister, Ellen Ewing). He graduated from West Point in 1840 and saw service in Florida and California (during the Mexican War). In 1853 he resigned from the army and went into banking; when the bank failed four years later he became superintendent of the Louisiana Military Academy, but resigned when Louisiana seceded in 1861.

Re-entering the army, he led a brigade at the First Battle of Bull Run in July 1861 (also known as the First Battle of Manassas) - the first major land battle of the American Civil War. He was given command of the Union forces assigned to hold Kentucky, and later served under Ulysses Grant leading large units at the battles of Shiloh (1862), Vicksburg (1863) and Chattanooga (1863). In March 1964, Sherman was made commander of all the Western armies when Grant went to the East to accept his promotion as general-in-chief; by September Sherman had captured Atlanta, in one of the most decisive campaigns of the Civil War.

He then led the Savannah Campaign, more commonly known as the "March to the Sea" - leaving the captured city of Atlanta, Georgia on November 15th, 1864, his troops captured the port of Savannah on December 22nd, having cut a wide swath of destruction through Georgia and the Carolinas - killing livestock, burning crops and destroying the civilian infrastructure along their path in a scorched earth policy designed to damage the Confederacy strategically, economically and psychologically - a policy that both he and Grant believed would lead to a quicker conclusion to the war.

By the following April he had forced the surrender of the last major Confederate forces. He then marched north to assist Grant. In July 1866, when Grant was promoted to full general, Sherman was promoted to lieutenant general and took over temporary command of the army. When Grant was elected president, Sherman was promoted to general-in-chief, replacing Grant. His two-volume memoirs were published in 1875. He retired from the army in 1883 and later settled in New York City.

Other Sherman quotes:
"It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell."
"If nominated, I will not accept; if drafted, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve."
"If forced to choose between the penitentiary and the White House for four years, I would say the penitentiary, thank you."
"In our Country . . . one class of men makes war and leaves another to fight it out."
"I think I understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers."
"This war differs from other wars, in this particular war. We are not fighting armies but a hostile people, and must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war."

More Quotes

This quote & biography originally ran in an issue of BookBrowse's membership magazine. Full Membership Features & Benefits.

Support BookBrowse

Become a Member and discover books that entertain, engage & enlighten.

Join Now!

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: Pew
    Pew
    by Catherine Lacey
    A quote often attributed to Leo Tolstoy states that "All great literature is one of two stories; a ...
  • Book Jacket: Waiting for an Echo
    Waiting for an Echo
    by Christine Montross
    Dr. Christine Montross had been a practicing psychiatrist for nearly a decade when she decided to ...
  • Book Jacket
    The Flight Portfolio
    by Julie Orringer
    At once a sweeping historical narrative, an insightful character study and a tender romance, Julie ...
  • Book Jacket: The Color of Air
    The Color of Air
    by Gail Tsukiyama
    Daniel was raised in Hilo, Hawaii by Japanese immigrant parents. Having traveled to the U.S. ...

Readers Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    He Started It
    by Samantha Downing

    A new thriller from the twisted mind behind the mega hit My Lovely Wife.
    Reader Reviews

  • Book Jacket

    The Woman Before Wallis
    by Bryn Turnbull

    The true story of the American divorcée who captured the Prince's heart before Wallis.
    Reader Reviews

Book Club Discussion
Book Jacket
The Last Flight
by Julie Clark

The story of two women and one agonizing decision that will change the trajectory of both of their lives.

About the book
Join the discussion!
Win this book!
Win Every Bone a Prayer

Every Bone a Prayer by Ashley Blooms

A beautifully honest exploration of healing and of hope.

Enter

Wordplay

Solve this clue:

T Real M

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

 



© BookBrowse LLC 1997-2020. All rights reserved. Information at BookBrowse.com is published with the permission of the copyright holder or their agent.
It is forbidden to copy anything for publication elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder.