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William Tecumseh Sherman takes command of the Department of the Cumberland, replacing Robert Anderson

William Tecumseh Sherman, detail
10/08/1861
Robert Anderson, the hero of Fort Sumter, had been named as commander of Kentucky's military forces on September 18, 1861, headquartered in Louisville.  His poor health had suffered even more during the long ordeal in South Carolina and he was forced give up his command three weeks later.  His replacement at the head of the newly renamed Department of the Cumberland was  Brigadier-General William T. Sherman.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Lowell H. Harrison, The Civil War in Kentucky (Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1975), 14. 

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