My continued interest in Sherman has not waned since last month's posting. I wrote a short list of “Fun Facts About William Tecumseh Sherman During the 150th Anniversary of His Invasion of Georgia” which I sent to Like The Dew, a website of Southern Culture and Politics. This Dew posting began an exchange with my old friend, writer and composer Alfred Thigpen, who wrote back that another Sherman Fun Fact was that he had a son who became an ordained priest– much to the objections of the older Sherman. When I quipped to Alfred that it sounded like material for a musical he wrote back with these lyrics within a few hours:
I hold in my hoof a strange invitation,
To attend my son’s priestly ordination.
(spoken) Let me ponder this.
War may be Hell, but Heaven is too,
A flameless place with much ado,
About nothing other than “nice.”
It’s not my notion of paradise.
If invited, I will not attend.
No need to make amends.
If he’s ordained I’ll bid him farewell.
For a warless Heaven is worse than Hell.
Sherman did not attend his son's ordination.