policy of his corps commanders, who were more directly charged with the conduct of the troops.
But if Sherman
was merciless in war, he was superbly generous when the fighting was over.
was made President
succeeded him as general of the army, and knowing Grant
's views to coincide with his own, he hoped so to reorganize the army that the commanding general
, not the Secretary of War
, would be the real head of the army.
's assistance the reforms were undertaken, but they lasted less than a month, the political pressure upon the President
in favor of the old system being too strong for him to bear.
then drifted apart; the former could do little toward carrying out his plans for the betterment of the army, and finally, to escape unpleasant treatment, he removed his headquarters to St. Louis
where he remained until President Hayes
invited him to return to Washington
and inaugurate his cherished plans of army administration.
This pleasing professional situation continued until Sherman
's retirement, in 1884.
During his later years, he spent most of his time in New York among old army associates, attending reunions, making speeches at soldier's celebrations, and putting his papers in order for the use of future historians.
He died in New York on February 14, 1891, aged seventy-one years. He was buried, as he wished, in St. Louis
, by the side of his wife and his little son, who had died nearly thirty years before.
Inconspicuous among the many generals who went to New York to do honor to the dead leader was a quiet old gentleman in civilian dress— Sherman
's ablest antagonist in war, Joseph E. Johnston
, and by the side of the grave at St. Louis
was one of his old Louisiana
colleagues, proud of his unique experience, ‘a professor under Sherman
and a soldier under “Stonewall