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In Their Own Words

December 08, 1864

Reverend Argued with Sherman

Sherman’s secretary, Maj. Henry Hitchcock, recorded in this day’s diary entry:

“[T]wenty-third day out, … . Roads today heavy sand and both yesterday and today very bad at swampy places and creek crossings - same thing in fact, for all the creeks seem to spread into swamps … . Stopped at house of Rev. Mr. Heidt - fifty-four years old, Methodist, very well off, barns, etc, full of all sorts of forage when we came. Fluent talker, pretty shrewd, but foolish enough to argue with General about importance of cotton; General down on cotton.”

Source: M.A. DeWolfe Howe (ed.), Marching with Sherman: Passages from the Letters and Campaign Diaries of Henry Hitchcock, Major and Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers, November 1864-May 1865 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995), pp. 156-157.