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William T. Sherman, "Remarks," Lancaster, Ohio, June 24, 1865

William Tecumseh Sherman, engraving, detail
When General William T. Sherman returned to his birthplace in Ohio in June 1865, several thousand people were there to welcome him. He had left Lancaster long before and spent the following thirty years in the Army and in the South, including a time as the president of what would become Louisiana State University. Now as the returning hero of the Union armies, he was welcomed home. His speech, given in response to his reception outside his home, was short and largely modest about his own role. But he did suggest that the South needed to reintegrated in the nation and that he felt that states should decide their own future. He made no mention of the end of slavery or the military occupation of the South. (By John Osborne)


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