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W.T. Sherman

  • Citation-"Civil War Trust." William T. Sherman. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2013.

  • William Tecumseh Sherman, although not a career military commander before the war, would become one of “The most Widely renowned of the union’s military leaders next to U.S. Grant.”

  • During the US civil war, he was commander of the Union Army’s division of the Mississippi.

  • William Gathered 100,000 Troops for the invasion of Georgia

  • Captured and burned Atlanta and began his devastating march to the sea to capture Savannah, leaving a trail of near-total destruction.

  • Credited with the saying “ War is Hell” he was a major Architect of modern total war

  • (1820-1891) Born in Lancaster, Ohio, and was the sixth child of Charles R. and Mary Hoyt Sherman, Sherman was named for the Shawnee Indian leader Tecumseh. William was not added until 1830: after his father’s sudden death and his mother’s inability to provide for the family, he was baptized into the Catholic Church upon his entry into the home of Famous Whig politician, Thomas Ewing.

  • Sherman Studied at the US Military Academy, and graduating sixth in the class of 1840. He would have been forth except for demerits received because of his unwillingness to fallow regulations. Instead of gaining a slot in the prestigious Army Corps of Engineers, therefore, he settled for the Artillery, serving in Florida during the Second Seminole War (1840-42) in Alabama of Fort Morgan (1842) and in South Carolina at Fort Moultrie (1842-46)

  • With the outbreak of the Mexican War in 1846, Sherman sailed to California. He saw no combat, doing administrative work and policing the gold‐mining areas. Returning to the East (1850), he married his foster sister, Ellen Ewing, and served in the Commissary Corps in St. Louis and New Orleans. In 1853, he left the army to become a banker in San Francisco (1853–57) and New York (1857), a lawyer and real estate entrepreneur in Kansas (1858–59), and superintendent of the Louisiana Military Seminary (1859–61). When Louisiana seceded from the Union in 1861, Sherman reluctantly left the state, taking a position as president of a St. Louis street railway company.








Citation Page

"William Tecumseh Sherman Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2013.

"Sherman, William Tecumseh." Encyclopedic.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Apr. 2013.

Birthday: February 8, 1820

Birth Name: William Tecumseh Sherman.

Some sources say “William” was

added later.

Birthplace: Lancaster, Ohio

Date of Death: February 14,1891

Cause: Pneumonia

Place of Death: New York City

Height: About 6 feet

Nationality: American

Ancestry: English

Occupation before Civil War:

Army Officer, banker, lawyer,

superintendent of Louisiana State

Seminary of Learning & Military

Academy (now Louisiana State Univ,)

Occupation during Civil War:

Union Army General

Occupation after Civil War:

Remained in the army;

was Commanding General

of U.S. Army 1869-1883.


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