Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 10 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
William T. Sherman
Pneumonia. After Sherman succumbed to pneumonia, in an odd twist, General Joseph E. Johnston (whose surrender Sherman accepted in 1865) contracted the same illness while acting as a pallbearer in Sherman's funeral. He died shortly thereafter.
He had no interest in the position. In one of his famous quotes, Sherman summed up his opinion of politics and lack of interest in the Presidency when he said: "If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve."
Savannah, GA. At the completion of his march through Georgia, the coastal city of Savannah was invested by his troops after the fort defending it was taken in roughly 15 minutes.
Uncle Billy. The men took to calling him Uncle Billy as he would ride past on his horse. It was a form of salutation to which he responded positively.
|After returning to the field as an active officer, what major battle saw Sherman perform so well that future biographers referred to it as his "Spectacular Resurrection"?||General William T. Sherman
Shiloh. Sherman finds redemption with exemplary performance throughout battle. He is wounded twice without retiring from the field. Following the battle he is promoted to Major General of volunteers.
|During the first year of the Civil War, Sherman was relieved of command while stationed in Kentucky. What led to this decision?||General William T. Sherman
Allegations of insanity. The allegations of insanity were based on his highly agitated and stressed state brought about by his situation in Kentucky. He grossly overestimated the enemy force he was facing and made unrealistic demands for reinforcements.
|Sherman left the military for a brief period in the 1850s to try his hand in the private sector. For what bank was he employed?||General William T. Sherman
Lucas, Turner, and Company. While he was considered by many to be a highly successful banker, he could not stop the bank from going under during the lean times following the California Gold Rush.
St. Augustine, FL. After being stationed in Florida for the Second Seminole War (in which he saw no action), he was given his first command in a small outpost just west of the coastal Florida town of St. Augustine.
1836. He became a "cadet" in 1836 and went on to graduate 6th in his class of 42 students.
Lancaster, OH. Sherman had a love/hate relationship with this town for the remainder of his life. While it was his and his wife's hometown, the slow pace of life there caused him to become bored easily. He often complained that there was never anything to do there and would cut his visits short.