Definition of William Tecumseh Sherman from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


William Tecumseh Sherman

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(1820-91) a US military leader during the Civil War. General Sherman commanded the US Army in the West (1864-5). He is best remembered for his march through Georgia with 60 000 soldiers, destroying anything that might be useful to the South in the war, including military equipment, factories, railways, homes and farm animals. After the war, in 1879, he made his famous statement that ‘War is hell’