Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891) Autograph Letter Signed, Moscow, Tennessee, 7 July 1862.
Large wove lined bifolium writing paper blind-stamped in the upper left corner; inscribed on two pages. To the New York publishers D. Appleton & Co., declining their request that he write an autobiographical sketch for their American Encyclopedia. Old folds, toning and slight discoloration to outer back page, 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.
[with] A carte-de-visite of Sherman.
"I cannot overcome a deep natural repugnance to write of myself. I cannot believe the public feels any interest in one who has struggled for obscurity from the beginning of this horrid unnatural but necessary war. I still desire to remain in obscurity as far as the public is concerned, simply doing my duty plainly and zealously as a Division Commander. Success is the only criterion in war and so vast is the country and so inveterate our enemy that failure may overtake the most careful and vigilant commander. After which a Biographical sketch would be wasted words. So on every ground I prefer to remain unknown until this war cloud begins to dissipate and light once more shine on the Land whose precious freedom was but a few months since the admiration of the whole civilized world. When that day comes if I can be instrumental in bringing it about I will consider myself worthy a Page in the Cyclopedia, otherwise I prefer to remain known simply by my circle of personal friends."
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