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William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-91), the US general noted for his aggressive (and controversial) tactics during the "War of Northern Aggression," was active in the army after the Mexican War. He was dispatched by President Zachary Taylor to survey the newly acquired lands of New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Upon his return from this mission, Taylor inquired,

"Well, Captain, will our new possessions pay for the blood and treasure spent in the war?"

Recalling the arid lands of the southwest he had just explored, Sherman replied,

"Between you and me, General, I feel that we shall have to go to war against them again."

Taylor, visibly shaken, responded,

"What for?"

"To make 'em take the country back ..."

---------------A Final Thought ...

"The Mojave is a big desert and a frightening one. Its as though nature tested a man for endurance and constancy to prove whether he was good enough to get to California."

- John Steinbeck (19021968), US author