Monday, July 02, 2012

Pity the Poor Bastards, We'll Lick 'em Tomorrow

The night of the first day at Shiloh, when the battle had gone so very wrong for the Union, William Tecumseh Sherman encountered his commander Ulysses S. Grant under a tree, sheltering himself from the pouring rain. He was smoking a cigar while considering his losses and planning what had to be done for the following day.
Sherman remarked, “Well, Grant, we’ve had the devil’s own day, haven’t we?”
Grant looked up. “Yes,” he replied, followed by a puff. “Yes. Lick ‘em tomorrow, though.” *

* Sword, Wiley. Shiloh: Bloody April. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1992.

* Smith, Jean Edward. Grant. New York: Simon & Shuster, 2001.