Fun Facts about Sherman on the 150th Anniversary of his invasion of Georgia
Fact: Sherman’s middle name came from the Shawnee war chief Tecumseh.
Fun Fact: Initially, Sherman’s mother named him after the Ottawa war chief Pontiac, but then realized it made her son sound too much like an automobile.
Fact: Sherman was mentally ill shortly before the Civil War.
Fun Fact: Sherman was depressed because he didn’t know what to do with his life. The firing on Fort Sumter fixed all that.
Fact: Sherman wore a scruffy beard because he believed having additional staff around to groom him during his campaigns was frivolous.
Fun Fact: Sherman wore a scruffy beard because he feared shaving and potentially, the sight of blood.
Fact: Sherman burned the city of Atlanta.
Fun Fact: A combination of a Rhett Butler’s carelessly discarded cigar and Scarlet’s red pantaloons ignited the blaze.
Fact: Sherman said “War is Hell.”
Fun Fact: Actually, Sherman said, “Why do people keep asking me what war is?” Hell, I barely know what to do with my life.”
Fact: Sherman made Georgia howl.
Fun Fact: Sherman made South Carolina howl louder.
Fact: Sherman was passed over as a Presidential nominee in 1884.
Fun Fact: Political pundits think Sherman’s campaign slogan of “If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve” had something to do with it.
Fact: Former adversary, Confederate General Joseph Johnston, died soon after being a pallbearer– in the rain – at Sherman’s funeral.
Fun Fact: “Old Joe” died while waiting in line – in the rain — to piss on Sherman’s grave.
Fact: The diabolical Sherman was the father of modern warfare.
Fun Fact: On the contrary, Sherman was a fairly nice guy and the father of what happens to you when you fail to control your personal brand.
- Image: General William Tecumseh Sherman, 1865 taken by Matthew Brady via Wikipedia.org (public domain as the copyright has expired).