William Tecumseh Sherman

1820-1891

William T. Sherman

Sherman was born in Lancaster, Ohio, on February 8, 1820. One of 11 children. In 1836 Sherman started going to West Point Military School, he graduated 4 years later, sixth in his class. In 1850, he married Eleanor Boyle Ewing.

"War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over."

Total War, William T. Sherman, & Atlanta

"Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when was drunk, and now we stand by each other."

Random Facts

  • Sherman played a role in triggering the California Gold Rush.
  • He cut off all lines of communication during the march to the sea.
  • He offered lenient terms to surrender to defeated Confederates.
  • He repeatedly declined to run for president.
  • He loved the south, especially South Carolina
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