William Tecumseh Sherman

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Date of Birth February 8, 1820
Place of Birth Lancester, Ohio
Date of Death Feb 14, 1891 (71)
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William Tecumseh Sherman

William Tecumseh Sherman was an American soldier, businessman, educator, and author. He served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, receiving recognition for his command of military strategy as well as criticism for the harshness of the scorched earth policies he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States. British military theorist and historian B. H. Liddell Hart declared that Sherman was "the first modern general." Born in Ohio to a politically prominent family, Sherman graduated in 1840 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He interrupted his military career in 1853 to pursue private business ventures, and at the outbreak of the Civil War he was superintendent of the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy. Sherman distinguished himself at the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861, before being transferred to the Western Theater.

Born: William Tecumseh Sherman, February 8, 1820, Lancaster, Ohio, U.S.
Died: February 14, 1891, New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party: Republican
Spouse(s): Ellen Ewing Sherman
Education: United States Military Academy
President: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur
Preceded by: Ulysses S. Grant
Succeeded by: Philip Sheridan

About William Tecumseh Sherman

Union general who took command of the western theater of the American Civil War in 1867. He is best known for implementing his scorched earth policies which burned down Atlanta towards the end of the war.

Before Fame

He attended the prestigious West Point Military Academy before entering the Army as a second lieutenant in the 3rd U.S. Artillery.


He has been called the 'first modern general' for his actions during the Civil War.

Family Life

He was married to Ellen Ewing Sherman from 1850 until 1888 and they had eight kids together. His brothers, Charles Taylor Sherman and John Sherman, became prominent politicians.


Like Sherman, Thomas Stonewall Jackson was also an active part of the Civil War.

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