Over the last week people have paid much attention to William T. Sherman’s December 22, 1864, letter to Abraham Lincoln, presenting the president with the city of Savannah. Much less attention is paid to Lincoln’s response of December 26, penned the day after he received Sherman’s note. Yet it, too, merits our attention.
Here’s the first page:
… and the second page:
Here’s a close reading of the text:
Do you agree with the analysis?