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).
Murray Browne

Murray Browne

Murray Browne lives in metro Atlanta and is author of two books, Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire (2016) and The Book Shopper: A Life in Review (2009) Both are available on Amazon. He maintains a blog at thebookshopper.org. A link to the Down & Outbound book trailer video is http://bit.ly/2hgCOtO.