William Tecumseh Sherman

By: Tyler Diehl

Willliam Tecumseh Sherman: One of the most corageous men in the Civil War


William Sherman was born in Lancaster, Ohio in 1820. His father was a prosperous lawyer who sat in the Ohio Supreme Court. His father died when he was 9, and a family friend offered to take care of him. William went to go live with Thomas Ewing, an Ohio Senator. Sherman never has had any interest in guns or war, and was always more interested in school subjects. His eventful childhood led him in many ways to be a soldier.


Thomas Ewing, his caregiver, signed William up to a prominent military academy at West Point. He excelled academically at West Point, finishing 6th in his class. He had no respect for the demerit system (a system used to grade people for discipline,) and really had no interest for the military either. Sherman was only in the academy because his adopted father signed him up there. After graduating West Point, he was required to attend 4 years of U.S. military service.

Military Career

After the West Point Military Academy, William Sherman served 4 years of military service. He started out fighting Seminole Indians in Florida, and was soon deserted out in California as a executive officer doing nothing during the Mexican War. Sherman ended up leaving the military thinking it was a dead end and soon found himself as a banker in California. That career soon ended as the Panic of 1857 happened. He then moved to Louisiana to be a Head Master at a military academy.

Military Ventures in Civil War

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Mr. Sherman dropped his job and headed or the union side to enlist. He was put as a colonel in the 12th U.S. infantry, assigned command under General William McDowell. Sherman was soon put on leave due to the fact that he always asked for reinforcements and was very nervous. He was described by the press as insane. After that incident, Sherman helped General Grant win the battle of Vicksburg and Ulysses was impressed. Now General Sherman, he was given command of 3 armies which he totally demolished with. He led the "March to the Sea" and destroyed Atlanta on the way. He sped up the ending of the war and you could argue he was one of the reasons the north won.

Effects on Civil War

General Sherman basically ruined the south's morale and made them call for an end to the war. He sped up the ending of the war and was a prime reason many more lives weren't lost. The march to the sea that he led was basically a victory lap for him and for the union.

Impact on U.S. History

In my unbiased opinion, I think that General Sherman has changed the course of history forever. The confederate states would've fought on even longer had he not used total war. He probably saved many useful lives that have had major effects on current day technology. General William Tecumseh Sherman truly is one of the most important and influential figure in the Civil War.

Quotes by General Sherman

"I make up my opinions from facts and reasoning, and not to suit any body but myself. If people don't like my opinions, it makes little difference as I don't solicit their opinions or votes."

"If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve"