The Man Who Burned Atlanta

(William Tecumseh Sherman)

Facts About Him

  • Born in 1820
  • Know as "cump" to his friends.
  • He was enrolled as a cadet in west point and graduated in 1840, it was there were he meet some important civil war generals.
  • When S.C. seceded he was a superintendant of a Military College.
  • He would be considered the first practitioner of the method called total war.
  • In 1864 he ordered his men to not destroy the towns in their way, but to steal food, livestock, and burn down their houses.
  • He did to make the civilians to frighten the Georgian's to turn against the Confederacy's cause.
  • Two of Sherman's famous quotes about his "march" were:The Yankees were " not only fighting hostile armies, but a hostile people," Sherman Explained;as a result, they needed to " make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war."
  • Atlanta was captured on Sept. 2nd 1864, this was important to the Confederacy, because it was a railroad hub and an industrial center, which means it supplied the confederacy with food, weapons, and other goods.
  • He left after he took Savannah and pillaged and burned their way to South Carolina, Charleston.
  • The war end in April after his "march".
  • In February 1884, William T. Sherman retired from the Army. He lived in New York City thereafter, devoting his time to theater, amateur painting, and speaking at dinners and banquets. He declined to run for the presidency, saying, "I will not accept if nominated, and will not serve if elected."
  • Died in 1891 at the age of 71.