General W. T. Sherman (1820-1891)
“Indeed, Florida was the Indian’s paradise, was of little value to us, and it was a great pity to remove the Seminoles at all, for we could have collected there all the Choctaws, Creeks, Cherokees, and Chickasaws, in addition to the Seminoles.”
- From volume 1, chapter 1, of the Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman (reprinted by Renaissance Classics, 2012). General Sherman was stationed in Florida and South Carolina in the United States prior to the Mexican-American War. He would later become a major figure in the Union victory over the Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War.