Famous Past Leader
Civil War General
William Tecumseh Sherman 1820-1891
At the start of the Civil War, he reenlisted in the military on the Union side, and became a colonel of the 13th United States infantry. President Lincoln, impressed with Sherman's performance at the battle of first Manassas, promoted him to Brigadier General on August 7, 1861. On May 1st, 1862 Sherman was promoted to Major General, despite having been defeated at the battle of Shiloh by Confederate General Albert Sydney Johnston. Soon after General Ulysses S. Grant was made commander of all of the Union's military, Sherman was made commander of all Union forces in the western theatre.