"War is war and not popularity-seeking." With these words to his Confederate opponent at Atlanta, General William T. Sherman suggested the attitude that made him both a successful commander and a bitterly hated figure in the South. He stripped war of glory and chivalry. His destructive march through Georgia and his later campaign in the Carolinas dismantled the economic base of the Confederacy and shattered the morale of its citizens. His methods anticipated twentieth-century "total war."

Influenced perhaps by Sherman's reputation for severe tactics in the field, artist G. P. A. Healy once noted that he found the Union general a forbidding portrait subject at first. But as the posing progressed, he found the general quite friendly.


  • Title: William T. Sherman
  • Creator: George Peter Alexander Healy
  • Date Created: 1866
  • Physical Dimensions: w95.3 x h158.8 x d3.8 cm (Stretcher)
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • Rights: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the Smithsonian American Art Museum; gift of P. Tecumseh Sherman, 1935
  • External Link: https://npg.si.edu/portraits
  • Classification: Painting

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