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William T. Sherman
New Commanding General of the Army William T. Sherman Acknowledges that in the Army Reorganization, “J.J. Reynolds, Ames, and others of our best officers were left out” But he will appeal to Congress, as there are “good reasons for keeping in service more officers that the regimental standard requires.”
24/03/1869. After the Civil War, the huge military apparatus that had been built to effectuate the war had to be pared down. This process was begun soon after the war, in 1866, with the Army Reorganization Act, and then again on March 4, 1869, when the Army was further constricted from 45 to 25 regiments. This had the effect of not only thinning the population of rank and file soldiers but also of their commanders, many of who had distinguished themselves during the Civil War and now found their service unrewarded or found themselves placed in odd posts around the country. Interestingly, the date of the Act was also the day that Ulysses S. Grant was sworn in as President.James Harrison Wilson, who ended the war as a Major General in the Union Army, was one such person. He had served as an aide to McClellan during the Maryland Campaign before joining Grant's army in the Western Theater, where he was promoted to brigadier general. In 1864, he transferred from engineering to the cavalry, where he displayed notable leadership in many engagements of the Overland Campaign. In October 1864, Wilson was upgraded to brevet major general of volunteers and transferred back to the West to become chief of cavalry for the Military Division of the Mississippi under Gen. William T. Sherman. Wilson soon became one of the few Union commanders to defeat Confederate cavalier Nathan Bedford Forrest in battle - at the Battle of Franklin in November 1864, and again during his raid through Alabama and Georgia in March and April 1865. Wilson ended the war with his men capturing both Confederate Pre … [Click Below for Full Description]
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