William Tecumseh Sherman

By-Noah Boyd

William Tecumseh Sherman

  • Occupation-Leading Union general in the American Civil War
  • Battles he was in-First Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Shiloh, he helped Ulysses S. Grant capture Vicksburg, Mississippi, which was a major Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River, then in November he helped drive Confederate forces fm Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Born-February 8, 1820 in Lancaster, Ohio
  • Died-February 14, 1891
  • Nationality-American
  • Spouse-Ellen Ewing Sherman
  • Children- Thomas Sherman, Eleanor Thackara, Philemon Sherman, Mary Sherman, Charles Sherman, Mari Sherman, Rachel Thorndike, William Sherman
  • Education-United States military Academy at West Point
  • Nickname-"Cump"

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March to the Sea

  • Started in Atlanta, Georgia and ended in Savannah, Georgia
  • Led an army that captured Atlanta, Georgia
  • He hoped that the terrible destruction would break the South's will to continue fighting.
  • He then marched north through South Carolina
  • Most of Columbia was burned
  • He then moved to North Carolina
  • In April 1865 Johnston surrendered to Sherman near Durham, North Carolina


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