Letter from General Sherman to General Grant

by Jim Morgan

St. Louis, Dec. 28, 1866

GENERAL: Just in time to attend the funeral of my Adjutant-General, Sawyer. I have given general instructions to General Cooks about the Sioux. I do not yet understand how the massacre of Colonel Fetterman’s party could have been so complete. We must act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux, even to their extermination, men, women, and children. Nothing less will reach the root of the case.

(Signed) W.T. Sherman, Lieutenant General