Sherman hauled off plenty, but he did leave this verb

“Writing her reminiscences, a North Carolina woman affectionately recalled her cousin Ann, who had lived through the war, then in her later years had become a garrulous terror to the unwary. Having once survived a visit by Yankee bummers, the old woman thereafter, to her dying day, was ‘never better entertained than when set to Shermanize a stranger.’ ”

— From “The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans” by Charles Royster (2011)

Not surprisingly the verb “Shermanize” seems to have originated in Atlanta, where a century or so later a Confederate-themed restaurant would prepare steaks “Shermanized (burned to a crisp), Lincolnized (warm, red heart), and Stonewalled (rare).”

 

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