The Confederacy wanted to enslave African-Americans. Sherman wanted to exterminate the Sioux. Why is it we don't hear more about Sherman's hatred and bigotry toward the American Indian? The statue pictured above is located in the heart of Washington D.C. (in front of the Treasury Department), and completely controlled by the Federal government. The Feds shoulder complete responsibility for it. Should there be an interpretive plaque at Sherman's statue, or should someone who wanted to exterminate a people even have a statue?
After burning and pillaging Atlanta and Columbia, S.C., Gen. William Tecumseh “Uncle Billy” Sherman talked of a “final solution to the Indian problem” and wrote his friend Gen. Grant: “We must act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux, even to their extermination, men, women and children.” ~ Patrick J. Buchanan
Photograph by Mike Lynaugh
A slippery slope, is it not?