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On May 8 1861 William Tecumseh Sherman wrote to the Secretary of War offering his services not for three months but for three years He did not want to become a political general and on June 20 1861 accepted the grade of Colonel in the Thirteenth Regular Infantry He assumed command of a brigade in the First Division of McDowells army under the command of Brigadier-General Daniel Tyler His brigade stationed at a stone bridge during the battle of First Manassas Bull Run was routed by devastating Confederate cannon fireIn August 1861 Sherman and George H Thomas were promoted to Brigadier General and were assigned to the Department of the Cumberland under the command of Brigadier-General Robert Anderson Anderson was in command of Ft Sumter when PT Beauregard opened fire upon it beginning the war Sherman had previously served under Anderson and it was Anderson that requested that Sherman be transferred to his commandIn October 1861 Sherman relieved Anderson Filling quotas for Kentucky volunteers was extremely difficult The State was split on their beliefs and where their allegiance should be placed Later that month Sherman told Secretary of War Cameron that if he had 60000 men he would drive the enemy out of Kentucky and if he had 200000 men he would finish the war in that section When Cameron returned to Washington he reported that Sherman required 200000 men The report was given to newspapers and a cry of indignation arose from the public A writer of one of these newspapers even went as far as saying that Sherman must be crazy in demanding such a large force The public accepted this insinuated statement as a valid one thus writers have always declared that he was crazy Due to the pressure of the press and politicians that believed the suggestion on November 12 1861 Brigadier-General Don Carlos Buell relieved Sherman of his command and Sherman was assigned to the Department of the West in
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