Sherman William Tecumseh

William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891), 6th cousin 5x removed

This is a portrait of General William Tecumseh Sherman in civilian clothes. During Sherman's famous "March to the Sea," the Union Army destroyed nearly everything in its path, both military and civilian, on its way to Savannah, Georgia. (Color by Reddit User Zuzahin/Photo Courtesy Library of Congress)

This is a portrait of General William Tecumseh Sherman in civilian clothes. During Sherman’s famous “March to the Sea,” the Union Army destroyed nearly everything in its path, both military and civilian, on its way to Savannah, Georgia. (Color by Reddit User Zuzahin/Photo Courtesy Library of Congress)

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 (1861-65), for which he received recognition for his outstanding command of military strategy, as well as criticism for the harshness of the “scorched earth” policies that he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States.  Military historian B. H. Liddell Hart famously declared that Sherman was “the first modern general[1]“.  Sherman served under General Ulysses S. Grant[2] in 1862 and 1863 during the campaigns that led to the fall of the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg on the Mississippi River and culminated with the routing of the Confederate armies in the state of Tennessee.  In 1864, Sherman succeeded Grant as the Union commander in the western theater of the war.  He proceeded to lead his troops to the capture of the city of Atlanta, a military success that contributed to the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln.  Sherman’s subsequent march through Georgia and the Carolinas further undermined the Confederacy’s ability to continue fighting. He accepted the surrender of all the Confederate armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida in April 1865.  When Grant assumed the U.S. presidency in 1869, Sherman succeeded him as Commanding General of the Army (1869–83).  As such, he was responsible for the U.S. Army’s engagement in the Indian Wars over the next 15 years, in the western United States.  He steadfastly refused to be drawn into politics and in 1875 published his Memoirs, one of the best-known first-hand accounts of the Civil War.

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The Sherman statue in New York City, at the park southeast entrance to Central Park at Fifth Avenue and West 59 Street, was the last major work by noted sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The monument, dedicated in 1903, depicts the general atop his horse being led by Nike, the goddess of victory. Nike holds a palm branch, representing peace, aloft in her left hand. A dedication on the south face of the monument’s base reads, “To General William Tecumseh Sherman, born Feb. 8, 1820, died Feb. 14, 1891. Erected by citizens of New York under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York.”

The Sherman statue in New York City, at the park southeast entrance to Central Park at Fifth Avenue and West 59th Street, was the last major work by noted sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The monument, dedicated in 1903, depicts the general atop his horse being led by Nike, the goddess of victory. Nike holds a palm branch, representing peace, aloft in her left hand. A dedication on the south face of the monument’s base reads, “To General William Tecumseh Sherman, born Feb. 8, 1820, died Feb. 14, 1891. Erected by citizens of New York under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York.”

 


[1] Liddell Hart, B. H., Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American (Dodd, Mead & Co., 1929; reprinted in 1993 by Da Capo Press), p. 430.

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