QUESTION: Where is William Sherman's final resting place?
A) St. Louis, Missouri
B) Lancaster, Ohio
C) New York City, New York
D) Atlanta, Georgia
Way, way back in November, our blog introduced a "new" subject for discussion - copies of historic lithographs that are displayed in the Toy Box near our collection of state flags. We would like to return to those right now, to briefly discuss one of the more controversial leaders of the Union Army during the American Civil War. His name was William Tecumseh Sherman, and he was definitely not someone you wanted to see on the opposite side of a battlefield. Born in 1820, his father was a successful lawyer and a huge admirer of the Native American chief Tecumseh, who died in the War of 1812 Battle of the Thames. After his father's unexpected death when he was nine, Sherman moved in with neighbors who sent him off to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Maybe not a conventional soldier, as revealed in his disheveled appearance, Sherman saw some action in the Second Seminole War, then he accompanied the military governor of California to confirm that gold was, in fact, discovered in Coloma in 1849. He went civilian for a time after that, working in a bank, dabbled in a legal career, and became superintendent of a Louisiana-based military school.
When southern states began seceding after Lincoln's 1860 election, Sherman re-entered the military. He fought at the first major fight of the catastrophic war, the Battle of Bull Run, before being sent to the western theater. He worked under the leadership of Ulysses Grant and proved integral to Grant's successes. He was at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and numerous other sites before reaching Atlanta, Georgia. That was in 1864, and Sherman's notorious March to the Sea was next. Practicing scorched earth policy, he intended to show the South the horrors of war. He did. When Confederate General Joseph E Johnston surrendered his troops to Sherman at Bennett Place, North Carolina on April 26, 1865, seventeen days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, the war was over. Sherman remained in the Army until 1884, prior to his retirement. He passed away in 1891. Sherman was an amazingly complicated person, both hated and beloved in his lifetime and since. And we honor him with an 8" x 10" copy of a lithograph.
ANSWER: A) St. Louis, Missouri, in Calvary Cemetery