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William Tecumseh Sherman If the question was asked Who was and still is the most hated and despised man in the history of the South the response would be William Tecumseh Sherman From the onset of hostilities in the Atlanta Campaign on May 6 1864 and the march to the Sea ending two days before Christmas 1864 with him capturing Savannah no one created more destruction As a result of his successful campaign in Georgia the Confederacy was split in two and deprived of much needed supplies ending the war quickly with a Union victory Born on May 8 1820 in Lancaster Ohio his father died when he was young Widowed and unable to care for the entire family his mother sent his brother Thomas to be raised by an aunt and William became a foster child to Thomas Ewing his fathers friend Cump as he was known later married Mr Ewings daughter Ellen Educated at the US Military Academy at West Point he graduated in 1840 During the Mexican War Sherman was posted in San Francisco He resigned his commission in 1853 to become a partner in a bank there Prior to the outbreak of hostilities between the North and the South William Tecumseh Sherman was Superintendent of the Louisiana State Seminary and Military Academy at Alexandria Louisiana After the war the school moved to Baton Rouge Louisiana and became Louisiana State University LSU Talk of the secession from the Union was rampant On January 18 1861 Sherman resigned his position stating that he preferred to maintain his allegiance to the Constitution as long as a fragment of it survived On the 25th of February Sherman left Louisiana and returned to Ohio He remained in Lancaster for a month and then moved his family to St Louis Missouri where he was elected President of the Fifth Street Railroad On
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