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William Tecumseh Sherman

Union General William Tecumseh Sherman

Profession: Union General

United States of America

Biography: 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.

Born: February 8, 1820
Birthplace: Lancaster, Ohio, USA
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: February 14, 1891 (aged 71)

Married Life

  • 1850-05-01 Soldier William Tecumseh Sherman (30) weds Eleanor Boyle Ewing in Washington, D.C.

Historical Events

  • 1862-12-29 Battle of Chichasaw Bayou: confederate armies defeat General William T. Sherman
  • 1863-04-30 -5/1] Battle of Snyder's Bluff, Virginia (part of the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War): General Sherman beaten by Confederate forces
  • 1864-01-14 General Sherman begins his march to the South
  • 1864-05-06 US Civil War: Union Army General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta, Georgia, during the Atlanta Campaign
  • 1864-05-25 US Civil War: Battle of New Hope Church, Georgia: Major William T. Sherman's Union forces launch attack but suffers heavy losses and entrenchment on both sides
  • 1864-06-27 US Civil War: Atlanta Campaign - Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia: Union General Sherman makes unsuccessful frontal attack on Confederate defense
  • 1864-07-22 Battle of Atlanta: General Sherman's Union side defeats Confederate troops under General Hood, with 8,449 Confederate and 3,641 US casualties
  • 1864-09-02 Union General William T. Sherman captures and burns Atlanta during Savannah Campaign (US Civil War)
  • 1864-11-15 Union Major General Sherman leaves Atlanta on his "March to the Sea"
  • 1864-12-10 General Sherman's armies reach Savannah & 12 day siege begins
  • 1864-12-21 General Sherman conquers Savannah, Georgia
  • 1865-02-01 General Sherman's march through South Carolina begins
  • 1865-03-11 General William T. Sherman's Union forces occupies Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1865-03-23 General Sherman and Cox' troops reach Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • 1865-04-18 Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina
  • 1871-05-17 Native American fighter General William T. Sherman escapes from the Comanches in an ambulance

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