[June 3, 1861]
After all the Mississippi River is the hardest and most important task of the war, and I know of no one competent, unless it be McClellan. But as soon as real war begins, new men, heretofore unheard of, will emerge from obscurity, equal to any occasion. Only I think it is to be a long war, — very long, — much longer than any politician thinks.
SOURCE: M. A. DeWolfe Howe, Editor, Home Letters of General Sherman, p. 198