Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Education & Schools
  3. General Education

Feb. 14: Sherman leaves a sad love letter

See also

Here’s what happened.

General William Tecumseh Sherman spared a plantation during his infamous trek through Georgia because of love and respect for its owner.

Here’s why it matters.

In 1836, West Point Cadet Sherman fell in love with his roommate’s sister, Cecelia Stovall. He proposed, but she declined. According to sources such as this, she said, “Your eyes are so cold and cruel. I pity the man who ever would become your foe. Ah, how you would crush an enemy.” Sherman responded, “Even though you were my enemy my dear, I would ever love and protect you.” Stovall married Charles Shelman, a wealthy cotton merchant like her father.

In 1864, as Sherman’s troops marched toward Atlanta, they approached Shelman Manor, in Bartow County. Only slaves were there to meet them. After one identified his mistress, Sherman ordered the mansion and its contents to be left alone. He handed a note to the slave for “Miss Cecelia:” “You once said that I would crush an enemy and you pitied my foe. Do you recall my reply? Although many years have passed, my answer is the same. 'I would ever shield and protect you.' That I have done. Forgive all else. I am only a soldier."

A fire destroyed Shelman Manor on January 1, 1901. But the note survived.

Here’s an interesting fact!

This fascinating story for Valentine’s Day story is told in the book, My Dearest Cecelia: A Novel of the Southern Belle Who Stole General Sherman’s Heart, by Diane Haeger.



  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!