Like the adjacent school, this playground is named for Civil War Union General William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891) who was born in Lancaster, Ohio. Sherman graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1840. He served in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). After the Civil War (1861-1865) broke out, he was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers in 1861 and fought at Bull Run and Shiloh. Promoted to major general in 1862, he distinguished himself in the Vicksburg and Chattanooga campaigns of 1863. Sherman blazed a trail of destruction as his troops seized Atlanta, marched to the sea, and headed north through the Carolinas. He received the surrender of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston on April 26, 1865, seventeen days after the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, Virginia.
General Sherman retired to New York and resided near what is now called Sherman Square on W. 70th Street and Broadway. The saying “War is hell” is attributed to Sherman. He died in New York in 1891.
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