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    Civil War Generals Talk Candidly About the War in 1864. Two fascinating nineteenth century manuscripts quoting Generals William T. Sherman and Winfield Scott's opinions of the war during its waning months. The first item: four pages, 5" x 8", handwritten by N. M. Waldburg-Barclay quoting remarks "...made by General Sherman during an evening visit to Telfair...towards the close of the month of December 1864." The remarks quoted here emphasize Sherman's disdain for Britain, in part: "I hate everything British, and I have given orders to my troops to destroy British property wherever they find it. This war would not lasted half so long but for England...My favourite Charger was killed under me and the ball which destroyed him was stamped Birmingham...This was once over I shall turn my attention to England...My first act will be to free unhappy Ireland from her yoke...I shall march upon London and shall pitch my tents in Hyde Park..." Very good condition with only minor staining. Originally purchased at a Parke-Bernet Galleries auction in the 1950s.

    The second item is a two page manuscript by Benson J. Lossing, 7.5" x 12", August 5, 1864. It reads, in part: "Last evening I met the venerable Lt. Gen. Scott on the [Steamboat] Mary Powell and had a long and interesting conversation with him...Scott has full faith in the final success of our arms- that Atlanta, Petersburg and Richmond will be taken. He says the advantage of intrenchments is less than once over an open field...He alluded to two or three elements of strength possessed by the rebels- 1. the Confederate debt. It is due to everybody at the South. If the cause fails every creditor loses everything. 2. The unanimity of the women, who influence the men. 3. The certain destruction of the Military and Civil leaders of the Rebellion if it fails...He spoke of Lee with great sorrow. He had fallen into that delusion- hallucination- State rights, and followed its lead, while his heart was with the old flag..." Fine condition.


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    December, 2006
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