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William T. Sherman

Date of Birth:      February 8, 1820
Hometown:        Lancaster, OH
Education:           West Point, 1840
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  General

Date of Death:     February 14, 1891
Place of Death:    New York, NY
Buried At:           St. Louis, MO

Major Battles:        First Manassas, Shiloh, Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg Campaign, Chattanooga Campaign, Atlanta Campaign, March to the Sea, Carolinas Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    Sherman, a native Ohioan, would become one of the most well known, and polarizing generals, during the Civil War.  Loved north of the Mason-Dixon line, Sherman would be loathed throughout the south.  Sherman was with the eastern army, for the first major battle, of the war, at Bull Run.  After Manassas, Sherman would be sent west, to Louisville, KY, to hold that state.  After making comments, of how many troops would be required to hold Kentucky, Sherman would be given leave-of-absence, for mental instability, and Don Carlos Buell would take over what would become, the Army of the Ohio.  After his leave-of-absence, in St Louis, Sherman would be assigned to U.S. Grant's western army and would take part in Shiloh.  Sherman would become Grant's most trusted lieutenant, and a lifelong friendship would develop.  Sherman would say, "Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood beside him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other."  After Grant was promoted, to Lieutenant General, commanding, he would assign Sherman to command the western armies.  Sherman would be most well known for his March to the Sea, stating that he had to take the war to the civilian population, "I intend to make Georgia howl."  After the Civil War, Sherman would be promoted to full general, and would become commander-in-chief of the army, under then President, U.S. Grant.  While reviled by the south, for his actions in Georgia, and the Carolinas, he had a soft spot, in his heart, for the south.  When Sherman died, his nemesis, from the Civil War, Joseph E. Johnston, would be a pall bearer, in his funeral.

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