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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, Mason, and Smith, in turn, Sherman was busy for four years intime, 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, Turner and Company, of St. Louis.
During this second period of life in California, we seeCalifornia, we see Sherman as a business man—a banker.
He was cautious and
Sherman in 1865
If Sherman was deemed merciless in war, he was superbly generous when the fighting was over.
To Joseph E. Johnston he offered most liberal terms of surrender for the Southern armies.
Their acceptance would have gone far to prevent the worst of the re