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August 22, 2006

The remedy that our enemies have chosen


...we are not only fighting hostile armies, but a hostile people, and must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war, as well as their organized armies. I know that this recent movement of mine through Georgia has had a wonderful effect in this respect. Thousands who had been deceived by their lying newspapers to believe that we were being whipped all the time now realize the truth, and have no appetite for a repetition of the same experience...
- William Tecumseh Sherman*

Major-General William Tecumseh Sherman was an all-time American bad-ass but one of his namesakes is a hero to Canadians. A couple hundred years after the fact it is good to discover once warring neighbours find themselves allied in purpose. This Matthew Brady portrait of General Sherman illustrates something of the man's character; not someone to cross under any circumstances. This August 22, and with at least one Mississauga housewife naming her son Khattab, I want to state for the record my first born son will be named Tecumseh. Though Sherman would also be just fine.**

Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. And if perchance you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured the fault is in yourself.
- Tecumseh

*I would have quoted "That’s a valiant flea that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion." due to the flea angle but I have it out of context and consequently am unsure what he meant by it.
**Not that there is any immediate prospect of such a first born coming into existence; and with apologies to the Parental Units of the Flea for my obvious lack of organizational skills.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 22, 2006 11:07 AM


Sherman was a terrorist - raper of land, pillager of women folk. Not a good guy, even by Yankee standards. :) I'm some what surprised at your adoration.

Posted by: Joshua H. [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2006 01:17 PM

"Sherman never really seemed to enjoy his work. In early days, after the easy Confederate victory at First Manassas, when many people on both sides still saw the war as a carnival or a sort of chivalric tournament, Sherman crumpled into a funk so profound that he was briefly relieved of his post and accused in the newspapers of insanity. In retrospect, it's imaginable that Sherman had foreseen at the start that the South could never win the war, and the North could win only at a terrible cost, which it was as yet unwilling to pay, and that Sherman had a vision of all the horrors of the future (and the part he would likely play in them), a vision that drove him to distraction. He did not come into his own as a commander until the federal government reluctantly recognized that the most extreme measures had indeed become necessary, if the war was to be won."

- from Guns, Sherman and Steel, a review of The March by E. L. Doctorow.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2006 01:34 PM


thought you might be interested

Posted by: Joshua H. [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2006 02:19 PM

Wow... thanks for this. I will have a proper look when I am back on-line later. Strangely, I had just decided it is time to watch Ken Burn's Civil War again.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2006 02:23 PM

You could also do far worse than Brant for either Joseph and Molly. The Mohawk move north in the 1780s at eastern Lake Ontario is one key reason Canada includes the city you live in. As Chamberlaine is to Maine so ought Molly Brant be to Ontario.

Posted by: Alan McLeod [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2006 03:15 PM

My first spaceship will be called Thunderchild but if I get a second one, and can figure out how to pronounce it, Koñwatsiãtsiaiéñni is next in line.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2006 04:51 PM

I have always liked Agrippa for a first born son. A spaceship would have to be called Rocker One.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2006 06:41 PM