Nine Things You May Not Know About Sherman

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9 Things You May Not Know About William Tecumseh Sherman​

Nine surprising facts about the powerful general who helped pioneer “scorched earth” military tactics.
EVAN ANDREWS
1. He was named for a Shawnee Chief
William Tecumseh Sherman (known as “Cump” to his friends) was born in Lancaster, Ohio, on February 8, 1820. His father gave him his unusual middle name as a nod to the Shawnee chief Tecumseh, a magnetic leader who built a confederacy of Ohio Indian tribes and fought with the British during the War of 1812. A relative later wrote that Sherman’s father always shook off concerns that he had given his son a “savage Indian name” by arguing, “Tecumseh was a great warrior.”

2. He married his foster sister.​

After losing his father at the age of 9, Sherman was sent to live with Thomas Ewing, a renowned Ohio attorney and family friend who later served as a senator and the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. The young Sherman grew close with Ewing’s eldest daughter, Ellen, and they regularly corresponded through letters during his tenure at West Point and his early military career. Following a long engagement, the two were married in 1850 in a Washington, D.C., ceremony attended by the likes of President Zachary Taylor, Henry Clay and Daniel Webster. The couple later had eight children, two of whom died from sickness while Sherman was serving in the Civil War. continue: https://www.history.com/news/9-things-you-may-not-know-about-william-tecumseh-sherman

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He was surprised at Shiloh! His report to Grant prior to the battle along with his statements to his subordinates that denied the Confderates were massing for an attack despite all the warnings! He and Grant were lucky they survied the battle and saved with their careers!!
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1. He was named for a Shawnee Chief
William Tecumseh Sherman (known as “Cump” to his friends) was born in Lancaster, Ohio, on February 8, 1820. His father gave him his unusual middle name as a nod to the Shawnee chief Tecumseh, a magnetic leader who built a confederacy of Ohio Indian tribes and fought with the British during the War of 1812. A relative later wrote that Sherman’s father always shook off concerns that he had given his son a “savage Indian name” by arguing, “Tecumseh was a great warrior.”
If my memory serves me correct, William was not Cump's first name. His father straight up just named him Tecumseh Sherman. I believe he had his name changed when his father died and Tom Ewing had him adopted.
Hence why People close to him like Grant refer to him as "Cump" rather than William or Bill.
Edit: Should also note how ironic he was given a "savage Indian name", when he himself was vicious towards the Plains Indians during those conflicts.
 
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