150 years ago, the United States fell into disunity and a Great Civil War. The War disrupted the entire nation and the altered the lives of the residents. William Tecumseh Sherman was the first Superintendent of the LOUISIANA STATE SEMINARY OF LEARNING AND MILITARY ACADEMY, which in future years would become Louisiana State Univerisity.
In the 1800s US, soldiers were poorly paid. Cump Sherman left the military to seek his fortune in private business. After years of booms, busts and marginal successes, he finally found his calling as an academic. That career was short lived as war loomed.
JJ Brownyneal is a resident of Indiana with an interest in history, especially the Midwest USA. The events of 150 years ago loomed large for Indiana. Indiana had more soldiers per capita serve during the American Civil War than any other Union state.
General Sherman is of particular interest as a son of the Midwest of his great influence on Midwest History. His papers are archived in South Bend, Indiana. Many of his attitudes and writings reflect the feelings of Midwest residents 150 years ago.