This Week in the Civil War - #1108
After the war, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman served as Commanding General of the United States Army, 1869 to 1883. During that time, he also served briefly as the interim Secretary of War after the death of John A. Rawlins. As commanding general, much of Sherman’s attention was directed against the Indians who resisted the expansion of the railroads into the West. Retiring from the military in 1884, Sherman declined nomination as the Republican candidate for president in that year. He lived in New York City for most of his remaining life, enjoying the theatre and serving as a popular banquet and dinner speaker until his death in February 1891. President Benjamin Harrison ordered all American flags flown at half- staff for the “ideal soldier” which Sherman represented.