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General Sherman and the Civil War William Tecumseh Sherman was born on May 8 1820 in Lancaster Ohio He was educated at the US Military Academy and later went on to become a Union General in the US civil war Sherman resigned from the army in 1853 and became a partner in a banking firm in San Francisco He became the president of the Military College in Louisiananow Louisiana state University from 1859-1861 Sherman offered his services at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 and wasput in command of a volunteer infantry regiment becoming a brigadier general of volunteers after the first Battle of bull run He led his division at the Battle of Shiloh and was then promoted to major general of volunteers Soon after Sherman fought in the battle of Chattanooga he was made supreme commander of the armies in the west Sherman fought many battles with such people as Ulysses S Grant and against people such as Robert E Lee before he was commissioned lieutenant general of the regular army Following Grants election to presidency he was promoted to the rank of full general and given command of the entire US Army William Sherman published his personal memoirs in 1875 retired in 1883 and died in 1891 William Tecumseh Sherman as you have read was a very talented and very successful man He is remembered by many accomplishments but probably most remembered by his famous March to the sea Shermans march to the sea was probably the most celebrated military action in which about sixty thousand men marched with Sherman from Atlanta to the Atlantic ocean then north through South Carolina destroying the last of the souths economic resources Bedford Forrest was in Tennessee and with Atlanta secured Sherman dispatched George H Thomas to Nashville to restore the order there John B Hood threatened
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