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William Sherman: Union General (Famous Figures of the Civil War Era)

- transparent and concise biographies of the best-known Civil warfare personalities- contains attention-grabbing and informative sidebars- offered in an easy-to-read structure- enhances college curriculum

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But many newspaper reporters also wrote articles blaming Grant and Sherman for the terrible Union losses at Shiloh. The papers said that Grant and Sherman were not prepared and that the generals were completely surprised by the attack. William was furious. S. Senator, claiming the reports were false. From that time on, William hated newspaper reporters. Soon after the battle at Shiloh, Union General Henry W. Halleck arrived and took away General Grant’s active command. Halleck and 31 32 WILLIAM SHERMAN L Grant did not get along, ike most other Civil War generals, William did not like newspaper reporters, and Halleck seemed to believe the newspaper believing that most were liars.

Despite hesitating at first, William triumphed when the battle finally came. During the first day, both sides attacked and retreated, with neither gaining very much ground. The morning of the second day, General Grant ordered William to take the offensive—to attack the other side first instead of sitting and waiting to defend against an enemy attack. William obeyed, and though wounded twice, he showed great skill and leadership. He gained the trust and respect of his soldiers as well as praise from General Grant.

By March, William was put in charge of his own division in the Union forces in Tennessee as Grant prepared for a major battle. The great battle came in April at a place 29 30 WILLIAM SHERMAN called Shiloh in southwestern Tennessee. A large force of Confederate soldiers surprised Grant and William and nearly defeated them. At the first sign that Confederate troops were approaching, William did nothing. He did not believe there would be a general attack on his position. Later, newspapers criticized William for not moving quickly and for ignoring standard military procedures, such as digging trenches along the front lines.

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