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William Tecumseh Sherman was born on May 8 1820 in Lancaster Ohio He received his education at the United States Military Academy and then eventually became a Union General in the US civil war Sherman declared his resignation from the army in 1853 and became a banking firm in San Francisco He became the president of the Military college in Louisiana currently LSU from 1859-1861 Sherman offered his services at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 and was placed in command of a voluntary infantry regiment He became a brigadier general of the volunteers after the first Battle of Bull Run He was the leader at the battle of Shiloh and was then promoted to general to the volunteer Following the battle of Chatanooga he was made supreme commander of the armies in the West Sherman fought along with the likes of Ulysses S Grant and against Robert E Lee before he became commissioned lieutenant general of the regular army Following Grants election to presidency Sherman was promoted to full general and was given command of the entire US Army He retired in 1883 and died in 1891William Sherman was a very talented and successful man He is remembered by many accomplishments but is probably remembered most by his famous march to the sea The march was probably one of the most celebrated military action in history Sherman rallied sixty thousand men and they marched from Atlanta to the Atlantic Ocean then north through South Carolina destroying the last of the Souths economic resources Commander Bedford Forrest was in Tennessee and with Atlanta secured General Sherman dispatched George Thomas to Nashville to restore the order there Thomas and John B hood engaged in many skirmishes which threatened Thomass supply line Sherman decided boldly to use a plan which was completely opposite of the plan Grant laid down six months earlier Instead of the Confederate armies being the objective and target for the Union
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