“I am not the scourge and monster”

William T. Sherman (1820–1891) to Caroline Carson (1820–1892), January 20, 1865. James Louis Petigru Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

I thank you for the expression of confidence in me and repeat that you do me but justice in thinking that I am not the scourge and monster that the Southern Press represents me but that I will take infinitely more delight in curing the wounds made by war, than in inflicting them.

This blog complements the Library of Congress exhibition, “The Civil War in America.” This series of posts chronicles the sacrifices and accomplishments of those—from both the North and South—whose lives were lost or affected by the events of 1861–1865. To learn more about the object featured in this blog entry, visit the online exhibition.