In most of the textbooks we read about history, they tend to give us information on exact time and dates. With real people who only get credit for what they had done in those events. Most of the time these hard working, well deserving patron’s exceed all expectations in one single event that they seem to not receive credit for what they had once done. General William T. Sherman is one character in history who understood in one major event, which is the Civil War, but he had done great things before that time.
In 1836, Senator Ewing secured William T. Sherman an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He had been in the top ten of his class. Exceeding all expectations of what the Academy had asked. There, he excelled academically, but unfortunately he let his views get in front of his education at times. Sherman had little respect for the demerit system. He never got himself into deep trouble, but had numerous minor offenses on this record. Sherman graduated in 1840, sixth in his class. He first saw action against the Seminole Indians in Florida and had numerous assignments through Georgia and South Carolina, where he became acquainted with many of the Old South's most respected families.
William T. Sherman's early military career was anything but spectacular. Unlike many of his colleagues who saw action during the Mexican-American War, Sherman spent this time stationed in California as an executive officer. In 1850, he married Eleanor Boyle Ewing, the daughter of Thomas Ewing. With his lack of combat experience, Sherman felt that the U.S. Army was a dead-end, thusly resigning his commission in 1853. Sherman resigned from the Army due to the fact he felt he was not being utilized to his abilities. He stayed in California during the glory days of the gold rush as a banker, but that ended in the Panic of 1857. He settled in Kansas to practice law, but without much success.
In 1859, William T. Sherman was head master at a military academy...