Fascinating - thanks for posting! I am still convinced he was a war criminal and don't want a building named after him on campus, but there was so much nuance to everything that was going on then. It's hard to paint everything as simply good or bad.
Every now and then someone points out we don't have anything to honor the first man to lead the university. I want to say it was mentioned in the Reveille when I was in school, but it may have been in one of my history classes. I am not aware of a formal movement to name anything after Sherman.
udtiger LSU Fan Louisiana Member since Nov 2006 36296 posts
re: Our Former Superintendent William Tecumseh ShermanPosted by udtiger on 1/19/12 at 8:36 am to Touchdowns4LSU
quote: slavery in the South “the mildest and best regulated system of slavery in the world, now or heretofore.”
This is actually true as it was the only example of slavery in the Western Hemisphere where the slave population actually increased and thrived after importation was banned (natural population increase).
Hawgon Arkansas Fan Texas Member since Feb 2011 1223 posts
re: Our Former Superintendent William Tecumseh ShermanPosted by Hawgon on 1/19/12 at 8:36 am to Touchdowns4LSU
One of my old history teachers in high school always alleged that one of the reasons Sherman was so hard on Georgia was that his family was in the textiles business and he was aiming to make sure that the competition was crippled after the war.
I've never bothered to research it enough to see if he was right.