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General William Tecumseh Sherman General William T Sherman one of the greatest Civil War generals proved to be an extremely significant factor for the Northern cause due to his mastery of military warfare and thus notable contribution to the Souths defeat Despite of the fact that early on his military career looked quite grim and hopeless being publicly ridiculed and called insane he later displayed great strategic expertise and proved his adversaries wrong Although he begun his wartime career as colonel of a volunteer brigade he finished it as General of the American Army and was even nominated various times to presidency His most significant feats include the capture of Atlanta and Savannah thus splitting the confederacy in two He is also notoriously known for his famous March To Sea in which he wreaked havoc throughout the central Southern states Shermans most famous words spoken until after the war stand up for his belief of total war with the statement war is hell Boys Life 366 William T Sherman lived through many circumstances in life which at first appearing to be negative greatly aided him in becoming the second greatest Union general Sherman was born into a large family in Lancaster Ohio on February 8 1820 McPhersonxxx 731 His family had had a long history of political positions although Sherman was always strong in his dislike for the such 1829 proved to be an impacting year in his life when his father died leaving his mother responsible for their ten children Sherman 1 Sherman was taken in as an adoptive child by Mr Thomas Ewing a family friend Sherman 1 This man proved to be an important figure in his life because his political influence managed to get Tecumseh into West Point when he was sixteen He graduated sixth in his class in 1840 Ward 706 Sherman then held insignificant military positions in Florida and Mexico and played no fighting role in the
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