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Civil War continues in Marietta as General Sherman goes missing

general-william-sherman-sLawd, The War ain’t over. Nearly 148 years after he torched Atlanta, Gen. William Sherman has been abducted.

Someone boosted a portrait of the Union leader from the Marietta Museum of History where it had been hanging, where else? Over a urinal in the men’s room.

The filched item was just a copy of the portrait, not a pricey antique, and museum director Jan Galt Russell said they would have been happy to provide a copy to the thief, had he or she requested one.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Russell. She hadn’t yet thought about amnesty should the culprit wish to come clean, say, in an Appomattox-style surrender. ”It’s very, very sad.”

The museum, on the Marietta Square, was once the Kennesaw House hotel, where Union spies spent a night before stealing The General, a locomotive that traveled between Atlanta and Chattanooga in those days. The Rebs caught up with the Yankees after they commandeered it at Big Shanty, now known as Kennesaw, where The General resides today at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.

In April, a capacity crowd known colloquially as OMs (Old Mariettans) packed the historic Strand Theatre for a re-premiere of “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The Disney film about the Confederate railroad victory debuted for the first time at the Strand in 1956, and by the second go-round it seemed like the town had moved beyond the late unpleasantness.

“I have come to embrace my Yankee brethren,” quipped Mayor Steve Tumlin, who is known, also colloquially, as Thunder.

And now this.

“Of all the random things,” Russell sighed. “It’s a silly thing to steal. I guess it’s somebody getting their revenge.”

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Coat hangers & Sawdust

July 31st, 2012
4:36 pm

Lawd?

What is lawd?

Slim Junction Pedalmaster

July 31st, 2012
4:38 pm

Lawd? What is lawd?

Susie Q

August 1st, 2012
9:16 am

Obviously the person posting the question in the previous comment, is not Southern. lol. Maybe they stole his pic because the were offended that was over a urinal. JK

It ain't over

August 1st, 2012
9:36 am

Maybe they were out of toilet paper in the men’s room. Sherman’s portrait would have been a fitting substitute.

gtt

August 1st, 2012
10:10 am

Ridiculous? Not just sad, but very very sad? It was a prank, lady.Lighten up. Geez.

road warrior

August 1st, 2012
1:37 pm

it would be appropriate if they burned the portrait

Coat hangers & Sawdust

August 1st, 2012
2:26 pm

Still no help with the definition of “lawd”.

KatyWatts

August 1st, 2012
4:23 pm

LAWD is LORD with a very terrible southern accent.

Mr. Ed

August 1st, 2012
4:24 pm

Mebbe, the ghost of Sherman himself took it. How would you feel if a potrait of yourself was hanging over a urinal? First, you’d have to deal with the… ummmmh… view of your guest and then the odor.

[...] Can’t say I am too upset about this. [...]

Quint

August 1st, 2012
4:31 pm

To all you southern haters, Sherman came to Atlanta and kicked Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee in the A$$$$! So get over it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SSB

August 1st, 2012
4:32 pm

If they recover it they should return it to it’s “appropriate” place of resident….over the urinal!

Dean Tate

August 1st, 2012
4:33 pm

I still flinch every time I see a Yankee light a match.

brin

August 1st, 2012
4:33 pm

Good riddance..he was a drunk anyway and a murderer…

Son of Sammy Davis Jr, Jr

August 1st, 2012
4:33 pm

Next to George Washing ton, General Sherman is by far the most honorable, distinguished, and accomplished General to ever set foot in Georgia. I can only hope that his portrait is found in its original location and moved to a more secured location; preferably placed in the Georgia Statehouse.

jbyoung

August 1st, 2012
4:33 pm

Did we forget the Sherman burnt down Atlanta?!!! A bathroom is the only place his face should be shown. Thank you to whoever snagged that peice of….. art!

Ian

August 1st, 2012
4:34 pm

Hey, Quint. Neither Lee nor Jackson had commands in the Atlanta campaign.

urban redneck

August 1st, 2012
4:37 pm

Lawd. you know like “O M Lawd!!” C’mon people.

piss on sherman.

NotYou

August 1st, 2012
4:38 pm

Yankees like “Quint” are exactly why it “ain’t over”. Y’all are irritating beyond belief.

JeffG

August 1st, 2012
4:39 pm

GOOD!!!
He was a Butcher who was lauded for fighting boys as he killed women and children during his march through GA. A real hero. NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Although in America today he probably would be.

Mihael Conner

August 1st, 2012
4:39 pm

Quint, you have obviously not had the benefit of a full five years of schooling. Jackson was dead, Lee was in Virginia and Dais was not even fighting. Your ignorance of history is only matched by your bad grammar. You probably also forgot eoderant this morning. (sorry, that just slipped out)

Michael Conner

August 1st, 2012
4:41 pm

The sadness of not proofreading my own comment. Sigh

P Leary

August 1st, 2012
4:43 pm

“To all you southern haters, Sherman came to Atlanta and kicked Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee in the A$$$$! So get over it!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Never did much reading about the war did you? Actually never read anything except this story…correct?

JeffG

August 1st, 2012
4:45 pm

He kicked their A$$ if you count fighting 10 and 12 and 14 year olds. He was literally the scum of the earth. He murdered children.

Son of Sammy Davis Jr, Jr

August 1st, 2012
4:50 pm

@ Jeff G
I’m not sure if Sherman killed women and children as he marched to the sea and made Georgia howl. I am sure that the number of women and children that was killed during slavery in Georgia would be greater.

Here's your sign

August 1st, 2012
4:51 pm

Sherman faced Johnston and then Hood. Then proceeded to burn a swath thru Georgia. I believe he called it “Reaping the Whirlwind”. He was not an abolitionist and many black people perished trying to follow his army. FYI- he was commandant at a Military Academy in Louisiana when the war started. I don’t think he was a war hero. He believed in “Total War”, very much like Hitler. Sorry to burst some folks bubbles. Google it if you don’t believe me.

Roekest

August 1st, 2012
4:54 pm

I’ve always been in favor of burning down Atlanta again to honor the great General William T. Sherman. Hey, if it works to make forests lush again, shouldn’t it work in this pit?

Son of Sammy Davis Jr, Jr

August 1st, 2012
4:57 pm

@ P Leary

Jeff Davis, Stonewall Jackson, and Robert E. Lee were all in Virginia. General Joseph E. Johnson and General John Bell Hood were in Georgia,

You really should watch Ken Burns mini-series on The Civil War.

RealTalk

August 1st, 2012
4:59 pm

Respectfully to all the Atlantans on here reading but…. Sherman Can Burn in Hell. I am sure he probally is…. Good for him. Yankee POS.

Son of Sammy Davis Jr, Jr

August 1st, 2012
4:59 pm

@ P Leary

Jeff Davis, Stonewall Jackson, and Robert E. Lee were all in Virginia. General Joseph E. Johnson and General John Bell Hood were in Georgia.

You really should watch Ken Burns mini-series on The Civil War.

RealTalk

August 1st, 2012
4:59 pm

Respectfully to all the Atlantans on here reading but…. Sherman Can Burn in Hell. I am sure he probably is…. Good for him. Yankee POS.

Abe

August 1st, 2012
5:00 pm

Think this thought through, logically:

Slavery was indeed awful and this country would be much better off it never had happened.

Prof

August 1st, 2012
5:00 pm

By late 1864 when Sherman made his March to the Sea, BOTH sides had 14 and 15 year old children fighting in their armies.

Thanks to Son of Sammy Davis, Jr., Jr. for reminding us of a few other historical realities.

And I have to say that, although my great, great-grandfather was a Union Captain and POW, I found this news story in its entirety hilarious.

Festus

August 1st, 2012
5:04 pm

Lawdie what ignorance. Gawd, Sherman never went up against Stonewall Jackson or Bobby Lee. He went up against Joe Johnson. Over near Poncie and Juniper this is a historical marker that states that James Andrews who lead the locomotive chase for the scalawags was hung in 1864. A fond memory for me since the ladies of the evening on that corner used to give me the box car special.

Atlanta native

August 1st, 2012
5:04 pm

The CSA lost, but they had fewer casualties than the North. Considering the North held at least a 2 to 1 advantage and sometimes a 3 to 1 advantage in troop numbers and almost all the manufacturing capabilities to wage war that is hardly an ass whipping.

Uncle Billy

August 1st, 2012
5:09 pm

General Sherman was a commander in the United States Army. Joe Johnston and John Bell Hood (the “Yellow Rose of Texas”) were officers in the Confederate States Army having resigned their commissions in the U.S. Army. Who were the traitors who made war on the United States for four years? Seem quite simple to me.

Donna P.

August 1st, 2012
5:12 pm

May he be burning in Hell as we speak!!

Uncle Billy

August 1st, 2012
5:12 pm

The Confederate States lost the War and there has been no attempt to revive the fight for slavery. There never will be. There should have never been. Google the “Ordinance of Secession” for any Southern state. They were not at all ambiguous about why they thought secession was necessary.

Uncle Billy

August 1st, 2012
5:15 pm

Festus, it was US Grant who defeated Lee. The Army of Northern Virginia suffered the highest casualty rate of any Army during that War.

Uncle Billy

August 1st, 2012
5:15 pm

Donna, where is Hell exactly? Can your GPS system locate it?

Astrid G.

August 1st, 2012
5:21 pm

Poster at 4:50 – Yes, some slaves were treated abominably. Not many were killed though, since they were considered valuable property (sounds horrible, but true).

Atlanta native

August 1st, 2012
5:22 pm

Abe you are correct but consider this…..The nation who was first to develop repulsion for slavery and eventually abolish slavery was the USA. What is uniquely Western is not slavery but the movement to abolish slavery. That does not mean that western slave traders were justified in what they did, but placing all the blame on them is forgetting what Africans did to their own. To this day, too many Africans believe that the African slave trade was an USA aberration and not their own invention. By the time the slave trade was abolished in the West, there were many more slaves in Africa (black slaves of black owners) than in the Americas.

Here's your sign

August 1st, 2012
5:23 pm

William T. Sherman was a proponent of total war (much like Hitler). Grant and Sherman’s plan was to divide and destroy the south. They succeeded. Sherman was not an abolitionist and in fact was a commandant at a Louisiana Military Academy when the war started. Famous quotes from him are “they shall reap the whirlwind” and “Make the south Howl”.
Sherman faced Johnston first and then Hood. Sherman had used flanking manuevers to cause Johnston to fall back. Sherman began a long series of flanking manuevers after Kennesaw Mountain (which Sherman lost). In west Georgia his forces were mauled greatly by the confederates. Sherman changed his tactics to stay close to his supply base and pushed on to Marietta and Atlanta. Fed up with Johnston’s withdrawals Davis put Hood in command. Hood promptly destroyed the confederate forced defending Atlanta (remember Hood is a confederate general). After Hood’s fiascos all he could do was take his remaining forces and push towards Tennessee hoping to draw Sherman with him. Sherman did not follow Hood. With no organized force to oppose him Sherman began his “total war” campaign. Many African Americans may feel Sherman was a great man but he did not care for the plight of the slaves. He wanted to destroy Georgia and present Lincoln with Savannah before the presidential election (which was in doubt for Lincoln). His present helped re-elect Lincoln. It should also be noted that slaves followed Sherman during his “March to the Sea” and a great many of them perished because of Sherman. You can adolize him if you want but the facts are he was a good general but also a butcher of children and women (both black and white). Sorry to ruin anyone’s fantasy.

Bobby Lee

August 1st, 2012
5:24 pm

Before you put Sherman up on a pedestal he was, by today’s definition, a terrorist. He dealt widespread violence all the way to Savannah. There was no point to it other than humiliation. Did we deserve it? A few. But the rich had fled and the poor paid the price, as happens all too often in history.

Astrid G.

August 1st, 2012
5:24 pm

As for which side lost the most people – every Southern family I know can name relatives who died in the Civil War. No Yankee friend can name a one.

Make em Howl

August 1st, 2012
5:38 pm

Oooooowwwuuuuuuuuuu !!

DebDoes

August 1st, 2012
5:56 pm

Obviously I never saw it being a girl and all…ohhhhh lawwwd! Perhaps it should have been hung over a water fountain instead. I hope this was the only thing ‘he’ took!

John Hall

August 1st, 2012
6:03 pm

I hope uncle billy comes back to find his portrait and brings all the yankees who caught southern fever. Maybe they can burn Atlanta down again and we can get rid of all the carpetbaggers and scalawags….

Donna P.

August 1st, 2012
6:06 pm

Uncle Billy, look down; that is where Hell is :)

Mike Geigerman

August 1st, 2012
6:09 pm

He was heartless and sent hundreds of Roswell women to complete estrangement from their lives and families .. had no effect on the outcome of the southern strategy. Done in the name of vengeance for a recently lost son. Urinal duty is where his eternity should have been.