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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1836

Vol. I
p642
859

(Born R. I.)

Thomas W. Sherman

(Ap'd R. I.)

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Thomas West Sherman: Born Mar. 26, 1813, Newport, RI.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1832, to July 1, 1836, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1836.

Served: in the Florida War, 1836‑38; in the Cherokee Nation, 1838,

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Mar. 14, 1838)

while transferring the Indians to the West; in the Florida War, 1838‑42; on Recruiting service, 1842; in garrison at Ft. Moultrie, S. C., 1842‑44; on Recruiting service, 1844‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being

(Captain, 3d Artillery, May 28, 1846)

engaged in command of battery in the Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 22‑23,

(Bvt. Major, Feb. 23, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Buena Vista, Mex.)

1847; in garrison at Ft. Trumbull, Ct., 1848, — and at Ft. Adams, R. I., 1849‑53; and on frontier duty at Ft. Snelling, Min., 1853‑54, 1855‑57, — in command of Expedition to Yellow Medicine, Min., 1857, — quelling Kansas Border Disturbances, 1857‑58, — and Ft. Ridgely, Min. (Artillery School for Practice), 1858‑61, except while in command of Expedition to Kettle Lake, Dak., 1859.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66; in command of battery of U. S. Artillery and battalion of Pennsylvania Volunteers, at Elkton, Md., Apr. 24 to May 10, 1861 while guarding Philadelphia p643and Baltimore Railroad and Delaware Canal; in reopening communications through Baltimore, Md., May 10‑12, 1861; as Chief of Light Artillery

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 5th Artillery, May 14, 1861)

in Defense of Washington, D. C., May 21 to June 28, 1861; in

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, May 17, 1861)

recruiting 5th U. S. Artillery in Pennsylvania, June 30 to July 27, 1861; in organizing an expedition for seizing and holding Bull's Bay, S. C., and Fernandina, Fla., for the use of the blockading fleet on the Southern coast, July 27 to Oct. 21, 1861, — and in command of the land forces of the Port Royal Expedition, Oct. 21, 1861, to Mar. 31, 1862; in command of division (Army of the Tennessee), Apr. 30 to June 1, 1862, in the Advance upon and Siege of Corinth, Mis., — and of Centre of the Army of Mississippi, June 1‑12, in pursuit of the enemy upon evacuating the place; on leave of absence, June 12 to Aug. 7, 1862; in command of division (Department of the Gulf) above New Orleans, La., Sep. 18, 1862, to Jan. 9, 1863, and in the defenses of New Orleans, La., Jan. 9 to May 19, 1863, — and in the Expedition to Port Hudson, La., May 19‑27, 1863, in command of the left wing (2d division, 19th Army Corps) of the Army besieging the place, being engaged in several skirmishes, and Assault upon the work, May 27, 1863, where, in leading a column to the assault, he lost his right leg; on sick leave of absence, disabled by wound, May 27, 1863, to Feb. 15, 1864; in command of Reserve

(Colonel, 3d Artillery, June 1, 1863)

brigade of Artillery (Department of the Gulf), and of Fts. Jackson and St. Philip, La., Mar. 1 to May 4, 1864, — of the defenses of New Orleans,

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Capture of Port Hudson, La.)

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, and Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Army,
Mar. 13, 1865, for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

La., June 16, 1864, to Feb. 11, 1865, — of Southern Division of Louisiana, Feb. 11 to July 23, 1865, — and of Eastern District of Louisiana, July 23, 1865, to Apr. 20, 1866.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Apr. 30, 1866.

Served: in command of regiment and the post of Ft. Adams, R. I., July 29, 1866, to Jan., 1868, and July 27, 1868, to Feb., 1869, — of Department of the East, Jan. to July 16, 1868, — and of regiment and the post of Key West, Fla., Feb., 1869, to Nov. 29, 1870.

Retired from Active Service, Dec. 31, 1870, as Major-General,
for Disability caused by the Loss of a Leg in Battle.

Died, Mar. 16, 1879, at Newport, R. I.: Aged 66.

Buried, Island Cemetery, Newport, RI.


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