Below is the letter I just e-mailed to the History Channel regarding the program on Sherman. I rather wish the quote by the man on secessionists had been ‘sourced’, but it was not. Still, given the material that was sourced, it was hardly out of character.

Dear Sirs:

I watched as much of this program as I could reasonably stand. I’m getting old and my digestive system is not as impervious to distasteful matters as once it was. Your program – from what I saw and have heard reported by my husband and others who were strong enough to watch it to its completion – is a total and complete whitewash of a man who, frankly is little – indeed no better than many of the most heartless, cruel and beastly barbarians of any century extant. William T. Sherman believed in – and practiced – nothing less than genocide not only in the Civil War but in the Indian wars afterward. I enclose for your consideration, some information relative to Sherman’s personal beliefs regarding any and all who dared to resist the might and power of the United States.

"Sherman, as general-in-chief of the army, had much to do with post-war Indian campaigns. This is covered in Michael Fellman’s book, CITIZEN SHERMAN (Random House, 1995). Sherman wrote in 1866, "It is one of those irreconcilable conflicts that will end only in one way, one or the other must be exterminated …" And again, "We must act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux, even to the extermination, men, women and children."

[p. 264] Sherman became Sheridan’s superior, and biographer Fellman has this to say [p. 271]: "Although Sherman had not ordered an extermination campaign in so many words, he had given Sheridan prior authorization to slaughter as many women and children as well as men Sheridan or his subordinates felt was necessary when they attacked Indian villages. However many they killed, Sherman would cover the political and media front. They were freed to do anything. At the same time, Sherman maintained personal deniability—he could assert in any public forum that he had not ordered any atrocities that might occur."

“To the petulant and persistent secessionists, why death is mercy, and the quicker he or she is disposed of the better. Satan and the rebellious saints of Heaven were allowed a continuous existence in hell merely to swell their punishment. To such as would rebel against a Government so mild and just as ours was in peace, a punishment equal would not be unjustified.”
Gen. William T. Sherman

Prof. Harry Stout of Yale University Divinity School recently acknowledged, "Sherman’s religion was America, and America’s God was a jealous God of law and order, such as all those who resisted were reprobates who deserved death."

Now, I don’t know about you, but this is neither a ‘complex’ nor a ‘good’ man, but a beast who believed in the extermination of men, woman and children whom he considered unworthy of life because they dared to challenge his particular ‘god’ – the United States of America. Given the fact that in today’s ‘politically correct’ world, the United States is often considered demonic, I would think that any program about it’s secular saints including men like Sherman would at least attempt to be somewhat objective rather than mindlessly adoring.

I suggest that if William Sherman is the sort of man whom the History Channel considers ‘worthy’ of praise, you might also consider a program with a similar point of view on, let’s say, Adolf Eichmann or Heinrich Himmler or even Adolf Hitler. I’m sure that these men were also caring of their subordinates, loved their wives and mothers and were kind to animals. Even more to the point, however, they all shared with General Sherman not only the desire and the will to commit genocide in the name of patriotism but the opportunity of which all four took advantage.

God help us if this is the type of individual who is being lauded as ‘an American hero’!

Thank you for your courtesy.

Valerie Protopapas
Huntington Station, New York
vaproto@optonline.net[631] 271-4408