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William Tecumseh Sherman

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William Tecumseh Sherman
Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, in May 1865. The black ribbon around his left arm is a sign of mourning over President Lincoln's death. Portrait by Mathew Brady.
NicknameCump, Uncle Billy (by his troops)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Union Army
Years of service1840–53, 1861–84
RankMajor General (Civil War),
General of the Army of the United States (postbellum)
Commands heldArmy of the Tennessee (1863),
Military Division of the Mississippi (1864),
Commanding General of the United States Army (postbellum)
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
- Vicksburg Campaign,
- Chattanooga,
- Atlanta Campaign,
- March to the Sea,
- Carolinas Campaign
AwardsThanks of Congress (1864 and 1865)
Other workBank president, lawyer, university superintendent, streetcar executive

William Tecumseh Sherman (February 8, 1820 – February 14, 1891) was an American soldier, businessman, educator, and author. Before the Civil War, he fought in the Mexican-American War and was the head of Louisiana State University. He served as a General in the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861–65). While general, he led the Atlanta Campaign and burned the city. Sherman's March to the Sea later devastated Georgia and burned Savannah. After the Civil War, he was in charge of all the Union Armies. He was urged several times to run for President of the United States, but declined to run each time.

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