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William Tecumseh Sherman made the famous and very true statement War is all hell He said this surprisingly before the Civil War At this time he was retired from the armed forces and thought by many to be insane Later however came the time in his life that would be taught in high school US History classes The time when Gen William Tecumseh Sherman would be reinstated into the army to crush over half of the Confederate States with his destructive marches that shocked the civilized world I Guess he wasnt so crazy after all In some ways Sherman was the first true modern He was at least the first in American History to understand that civilians are the backbone of a war In other words in order to break the backbone of the Confederacy he made war on the civilians directly Tecumseh Sherman named by his father in honor of a great Indian chief was born in Lancaster Ohio on February 8 1820 Shermans family was originally from New England and came to America from England in the Seventeenth century Two hundred years later his mother and his father who was a lawyer and in his later years a Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court migrated them to what was then the unsettled west and eventually migrated to Ohio When Sherman who was called Cump by his family and close friends was only nine his father died leaving his mother and a large family without adequate financial support Sherman and his younger brother John were farmed out to a family friend Thomas Ewing who would one day be a US Senator and serve in the cabinets of three presidents When the Ewings learned that Cump had not been baptized he was given the name William TC perhaps because the Catholic priest objected to an Indian name without a Christian first name preceding it At the Ewings home the boys were surrounded by talkative and
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