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Sherman (X): Never judge a battle by what you first encounter in the rear

Sherman (X): Never judge a battle by what you first encounter in the rear

General Sherman on coming to the scene of a battle:

"I never saw the rear of an army engaged in battle but I feared that some calamity had happened at the front — the apparent confusion, broken wagons, crippled horses, men lying about dead and maimed, parties hastening to and fro in seeming disorder, and a general apprehension of something dreadful about to ensue; all these signs, however, lessened as I neared the front, and there the contrast was complete — perfect order, men and horses full of confidence."