Maj. Gen. Wm. T. Sherman at the siege of Atlanta, 1864

The colloquial power of Gen. Sherman

In his diary of March 5, 1865, my great-grandfather Lt. Edwin L. Lybarger, 43rd OVI, recorded an evening in the company of Gen. Sherman: Headquarters 43rd at a Mr. Woodwards in Cheraw, who had a letter from Gen. Hardee recommending the family to the clemency of Gen. Sherman. Sherman called in the evening and we had the pleasure…