William Tecumseh Sherman

1820 - 1891

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William Tecumseh Sherman ( tih-KUM-sə; February 8, 1820 – February 14, 1891) was an American soldier, businessman, educator, and author. He served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861–1865), achieving recognition for his command of military strategy as well as criticism for the harshness of the scorched-earth policies that he implemented against the Confederate States. British military theorist and historian B. H. Liddell Hart declared that Sherman was "the first modern general".Born in Ohio into a politically prominent family, Sherman graduated in 1840 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Tecumseh Sherman has received more than 5,694,344 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). William Tecumseh Sherman is the 389th most popular military personnel (up from 463rd in 2019), the 1,110th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,373rd in 2019) and the 13th most popular Military Personnel.

He was a Union general during the Civil War. He is most famous for leading the March to the Sea, in which he led his troops to Savannah, Georgia and destroyed everything in his path.

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Among military personnels, William Tecumseh Sherman ranks 389 out of 1,468Before him are Reinhard Scheer, Nicolas Chauvin, Ban Chao, Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz, Vasily Sokolovsky, and Nikolai Kuznetsov. After him are Roman Shukhevych, Honda Tadakatsu, Erasmo of Narni, Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, Hermann Balck, and Ubayd Allah ibn Ziyad.

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Among people born in 1820, William Tecumseh Sherman ranks 16Before him are Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Multatuli, Heungseon Daewongun, Henri Vieuxtemps, Susan B. Anthony, and Božena Němcová. After him are Princess Alexandrine of Baden, Lewis A. Swift, William John Macquorn Rankine, John Tyndall, Mathilde Bonaparte, and John Tenniel. Among people deceased in 1891, William Tecumseh Sherman ranks 20Before him are Leopold Kronecker, Ivan Goncharov, Jules Grévy, Prince Napoléon Bonaparte, Albert Pike, and Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia. After him are Georges Ernest Boulanger, Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark, Jan Neruda, Charles I of Württemberg, Franz Miklosich, and Princess Cecilie of Baden.

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Among people born in United States, William Tecumseh Sherman ranks 1,110 out of 18,182Before him are Marshall Rosenberg (1934), Mary Ainsworth (1913), Harry Dean Stanton (1926), Haldan Keffer Hartline (1903), Richard Barthelmess (1895), and David Scott (1932). After him are Bob Kane (1915), Kyle MacLachlan (1959), Jonathan Banks (1947), Vint Cerf (1943), Jill Biden (1951), and Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840).


Among military personnels born in United States, William Tecumseh Sherman ranks 13Before him are George Armstrong Custer (1839), Paul Tibbets (1915), Matthew C. Perry (1794), Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), and Albert Pike (1809). After him are Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821), Stonewall Jackson (1824), Yonatan Netanyahu (1946), Raymond A. Spruance (1886), Richard Winters (1918), and Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (1934).