General William T. Sherman (1820-1891)
“The election of Mr. Lincoln fell upon us all like a clap of thunder. People saw and felt that the South had threatened so long that, if she quietly submitted, the question of slavery in the Territories was at an end forever.”
- From The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman (volume 1, chapter 7) by W. T. Sherman. Reprinted by Renaissance Classics, 2012.