Sherman in 1876 a soldier to the end|
The tall figure of ‘Old Tecumseh’ in 1876, though crowned with gray, still stood erect and commanding.
Upon the appointment of Grant
as full general, in July, 1866, Sherman
had been promoted to the lieutenant-generalship.
of the United States
, March 4, 1869, Sherman
succeeded him as general.
An attempt was made to run him against Grant
in 1872, but he emphatically refused to allow his name to be used.
He retired from the army on full pay in February, 1884.
Although he was practically assured of the Republican
nomination for President
that year, he telegraphed that he would not accept the nomination if given, and would not serve if elected.
He spent his later years among his old army associates, attending reunions, making speeches at soldiers' celebrations, and putting his papers in order for future historians.
He resolutely refused all inducements to enter the political arena, and to the end he remained a soldier.