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William Sherman


William Sherman was one of the most best military leaders in the Civil War. He was born on February 8, 1820 in Lancaster, Ohio.

In 1840, Sherman graduated from the United States Military Academy.

In 1853, Sherman resigned from the army to go to California to get into banking for Lucas, Turner and Co. two days before Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco.

Sherman oversaw the construction of a new bank building that opened on July 11, 1854, at 800 Montgomery Street. The building survived earthquakes and fires and is known as "Sherman's Bank". A wierd coincidence was that Ulysses S. Grant lived at the What Cheer House, a temperance hotel, only 6 blocks from Sherman's Bank.

When the Civil War started, Sherman rejoined the army and in 1864 Sherman led 60,000 men through Georgia destroying Atlanta and Savannah. This huge path of destruction helped end the Civil War.

Famous speech or quote: "We cannot change the hearts of those people of the South, but we can make war so horrible...that generations would pass away before they would appeal to it again."


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