credit, and though it was routed he quickly restored its organization and morale
, and for this he was made a brigadiergeneral of volunteers.
Transferred to Kentucky
to assist General Robert Anderson
, his former commander, in organizing the Federals
, he came near ruining his career by the frankness of his speech to the Secretary of War
and to the newspaper men. The administration evidently desired to minimize the gravity of the situation in the West
, but Sherman
insisted that to hold Kentucky
sixty thousand men were necessary, and to open the valley to the Gulf
two hundred thousand would be needed.
He was better acquainted with the Southern
temper than were the Northern
politicians and the newspapers, some of which now declared him insane for making such a statement.
He was hounded by them for several months and was almost driven from the service.
The course of the war showed that he was correct.
During the next year was begun the movement to open the Mississippi valley
From the beginning of the war this had been one of Sherman
's favorite projects.
It was a Western feeling that the river must be opened, that the valley must belong to one people.
saw service in responsible commands in the Shiloh-Corinth
, he, like the other Federal and Confederate commanders, was hardly at his best; all of them still had much to learn.
But in the rather uneventful Corinth
military promenade, Sherman
began to show his wonderful capacity for making marches count as much as fighting.
He was now regarded as one of the best minor leaders, was no longer considered insane, and was made a major-general of volunteers as a reward for his services in the campaign.
In the Vicksburg
campaign of 1863, which completed the opening of the Mississippi
and cut in two the Confederacy
bore a conspicuous part, first under McClernand