March to the Sea

March to the Sea:
William T.

One of the Most researched and revered Generals of The Civil War was William Tecumseh (T.) Sherman.   Since his service in the civil war and extraordinary life, researchers have poured over information regarding his life and accomplishments.   His combat styles are remembered and studied to this day and he remains one of the more fascinating characters of the conflict.   Despite his importance to the Union victory, many still understand little about him and his importance to the war.
William T. Sherman was born to Charles N. Sherman and Mary Hoyt Sherman in Lancaster, Ohio, on February 8, 1820. The Sherman family came to America in 1683 when they landed in Boston Massachusetts. Several family members achieved noted glory; including Roger Sherman, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Daniel Sherman, who sat in the Connecticut General Assembly for 30 years. In addition, Sherman’s father became a state Supreme Court Judge in Ohio.The Sherman family faced many hardships early on forcing them to struggle for survival. Family members and friends took all but the three youngest children to raise in their homes. A family of prominence took in Young William. Senator Thomas Ewing and his wife took in young William and treated him like their own son. Senator Ewing was the first Secretary of the Interior for the United States. It was Senator Ewing’s influence that helped William get into West Point in 1836. William graduated in 1840, 6th in his class. Sherman would later marry his stepsister Ellen Ewing on May 1, 1850, in the Blair House in Washington, D.C. Sherman and his wife would eventually have several children together, including a young son who died during the Civil War, just as President Lincoln’s young son had died.
Sherman, much like Ulysses S Grant had been an unsuccessful businessman. The Civil War turned them into legends . Sherman’s early military career also saw much frustration. He was sent...