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William T. Sherman: Post Civil War

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1) In July 1865, only three months after Robert E. Lee�s surrender at Appomattox, General W. T. Sherman was put in charge of the Military Division of the Missouri, which included every territory west of the Mississippi. Sherman's main concern as commanding general was to protect the construction and operation of the railroads from attack by hostile Indians. In his campaigns against the Indian tribes, Sherman repeated his Civil War strategy by seeking not only to defeat the enemy's soldiers, but also to destroy the resources that allowed the enemy to sustain its warfare. The policies he implemented included the extensive killing of large numbers of buffalo, which were the primary source of food for the Plains Indians.

  • True or False?

2) On, Congress created the rank of General of the Army for Grant and then promoted Sherman to lieutenant general.  When was the rank created?

  • July 25, 1866
  • August 25, 1866
  • September 25, 1866

3) When Grant became president in 1869, Sherman was appointed Commanding General of the United States Army. After the death of John A. Rawlins, Sherman also served as interim Secretary of War.  How long did he serve as interim Secretary of War?

  • one month
  • six months
  • one year

4) His tenure as commanding general was marred by political difficulties, and from 1874 to 1876, he moved his headquarters in an attempt to escape from them. Where did he move his headquarters?

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Columbus, Ohio

5) One of his significant contributions as head of the Army was the establishment of the Command School (now the Command and General Staff College) at Fort Leavenworth. 

True or False?

6) On June 19, 1879, Sherman delivered an address to the graduating class of the, in which he may have uttered the famous phrase "War Is Hell.

  • United States Military Academy
  • Michigan Military Academy
  • Louisiana Military Academy

7) On April 11, 1880, he addressed a crowd of more than 10,000 at Columbus, Ohio: "There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.

  • True or False?

8) Sherman stepped down as commanding general on November 1, 1883, and retired from the army.  What day did he retire?

  • February 8, 1884
  • February 18, 1884
  • February 28, 1884

9) Sherman was proposed as a Republican candidate for the presidential election, but declined as emphatically as possible, saying, "If drafted, I will not run; if nominated, I will not accept; if elected, I will not serve."  What was the year?

  • 1880
  • 1884
  • 1888

10) Sherman died in New York City on February 14, 1891. On February 19, there was a funeral service held at his home there, followed by a military procession. Sherman's body was then transported to St. Louis, where another service was conducted on February 21, 1891 at a local Catholic church.  In New York City, who served as one of his pallbearer?

  • General Joseph E. Johnston
  • General Robert E. Lee
  • General Mark Reynolds

Where is William T. Sherman buried?


William T. Sherman: Civil War 1861 to Mid-1863 Answers

  1. True
  2. July 25, 1866
  3. one month
  4. St. Louis, Missouri
  5. True
  6. Michigan Military Academy
  7. True
  8. February 8, 1884
  9. 1884
  10. General Joseph E. Johnston

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