globe, no apologies ness. i agree with you 100%, he was an incredible man who made some great war time decisions, and had he not been put into the predicament of war, probably would have died from alcholism, but the war ressurected a man with a brilliant plan, that, had it been anyone else, might have caused more pain upon a people than could have been endured. he was sympathetic to the cause, not in support of slavery and a way of life, but in the beliefs that men have different ways of living, yet he wanted a united country without division and hardships, which had the states been split into 2 countries, would have caused many hardships not only on the north but the south as well. he was a man with a plan, and delivered when all seemed doomed, remeber the south began the war winning until sherman's presence became overwhelming, he respected lee's decision to wave the white flag and surrender, and was partially responsible for the southern leaders not being imprisoned or facing charges by the US govt for treason against the country at the end of the war. he was a true gentleman, and desperately tried to save a country, although few southerners will attest to his goodwill, he really in the end saved the south from further destruction with some of the tactics he used to defeat them. i actually salute the man, not totally the ranks from which the blood was spilled, but then i am one of a few you will meet that believes the war did not need to happen, the south needed to move into a time past the issues and understand rights, which in a lot of places still has not changed, and may never.