General William Sherman Essay
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 U.S. 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 thefirst 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 Grant’s election to presidency, Sherman was promoted to full general and was given command of the entire U.S. Army.He retired in 1883 and died in 1891.
William 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 South’s 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 Thomas’s 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 object