Talk:William Tecumseh Sherman

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'To Sherman's great displeasure and sorrow, one of his sons, Thomas Ewing Sherman, joined the religious order of the Jesuits in 1878 and was ordained as a priest in 1889.'

Not clear why he was so displeased about it, since Sherman's wife was a Catholic. Valetude (talk) 17:02, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
Sherman himself was not Catholic. In his mature years he seems to have been an agnostic, and he regarded his wife's religiosity as a morbid eccentricity. His displeasure when Tom became a Jesuit was particularly acute because he had hoped that Tom, his oldest surviving son, would become a lawyer and take over management of the family concerns. As Gen. Sherman saw it, Tom instead chose a useless life of seclusion and prayer, effectively deserting his family. See, e.g., [1]. -Eb.hoop (talk) 17:47, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Democratic Platform of 1864[edit]

In the Atlanta section of this article, the statement "the Democratic Party platform called for peace negotiations based on the acknowledgment of the Confederacy's independence." is flatly wrong. The platform called for immediate negotiations so that "peace may be restored on the basis of the Federal Union of the States." Could someone with the authority please correct this error? see : for full text of the platform It might be argued that the platform if implemented would have led to southern independence, but that is not the same thing. And it has to be remembered that although it presented a peace platform, the Democratic Party nominated a war democrat, McClellan, who was committed to having no peace without restoration of the Union.

Foster sister.[edit]

If he married his foster father's daughter, then he married his foster sister. I suppose if their ages were substantially different (they never lived together as brother and sister) that would also merit inclusion. Also there is a Thomas Ewing Sr. and Jr. and I will emend the name to signify which relation we are talking about. I find it curious that it is written carefully avoiding pointing out that she was (or was not) his foster sister. (talk) 20:06, 6 January 2015 (UTC)


why is there no mention of genocide?  Sherman and Hitler were cut from same cloth!  — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:57, 1 May 2015 (UTC) 

Under "Death," the correct phrase is "half staff," not "half mast." "Half mast" is used only for ships at sea. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:22, 4 May 2015 (UTC)