grew up with the Western
country in which he lived, among energetic, brainy farmers, lawyers, and politicians, the state-makers of the West
When sixteen years of age, Sherman
secured an appointment to West Point
, where he tells us ‘I was not considered a good soldier.’
But he was at least a good student, for he graduated as number six in a class of forty-two, the survivors of one hundred and forty-one who had entered four years before.
After graduation, in 1840, he was assigned to the Third Artillery, with which he served for six years in the Southern States
, mainly in Florida
and South Carolina
In South Carolina
, he made the acquaintance of the political and social leaders of the South
At this time, in fact up to the Civil War
was probably better acquainted with Southern life and Southern conditions than with Northern.
He spent some of his leisure time in the study of his profession and finally attacked the study of law.
Most of the next ten years was spent in California
, where he was sent, in 1846, at the outbreak of the Mexican War
. As aide to Generals S. W. Kearny
, and Smith
, in turn, Sherman
was busy for four years in assisting to untangle the problems of the American
In 1850, he returned to Ohio
and was married to Senator Ewing
's daughter, Ellen Boyle Ewing
, a woman of strong character and fine intellect, who for thirty-six years was to him a genuine helpmeet.
About the same time, he was made captain in the Commissary Department and served for a short time in St. Louis
and New Orleans, resigning early in 1853 that he might return to California
to take charge of a banking establishment, a branch house of Lucas
and Company, of St. Louis
During this second period of life in California
, we see Sherman
as a business man—a banker.
He was cautious and