Quote Of The Day

I confess, without shame, I am sick and tired of fighting—its glory is all moonshine; even success the most brilliant is over dead and mangled bodies, with the anguish and lamentations of distant families, appealing to me for sons, husbands and fathers … tis only those who have never heard a shot, never heard the shriek and groans of the wounded and lacerated … that cry aloud for more blood, more vengeance, more desolation

William Tecumsah Sherman, United States General during the Civil War, Commanding General Of The United States Army (1869-1883)

FILED UNDER: General
Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed for too young in July 2021.

Comments

  1. Donald Sensing says:

    That and other thoughts in “Courage, an essay for Memorial Day.”

  2. michael reynolds says:

    tis only those who have never heard a shot, never heard the shriek and groans of the wounded and lacerated … that cry aloud for more blood, more vengeance, more desolation.

    How to explain a certain former naval aviator, shot down over Vietnam, and held prisoner for many years?

  3. steve s says:

    senility?

  4. gVOR08 says:

    We don’t learn.

    WIKI has a “Timeline of United States military operations” I count 238 military operations since the end of the Civil War, including eight during Sherman’s tenure as Commanding General. (To be fair, most look like Navy/Marine operations.) This does not count the Indian wars (some during Sherman’s tenure), slave revolts and other insurrections, private range wars and feuds, etc. listed separately.

  5. gVOR08 says:

    @michael reynolds: I expect you know:
    – being a drama queen
    – media whoring
    – starting to worry about a primary
    – fear of not being on the teevee every Sunday morning
    – Syria looked bright and shiny
    – orders from AIPAC
    And what @steve s: said.

  6. dmhlt says:

    A very small nit to pick:

    It’s T-e-c-u-m-s-E-h