General William Tecumseh Sherman was a graduate of West Point who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He was also a businessman, educator, banker and author.
Two months after Confederate General Lee’s surrender, Sherman was given a command that comprised the territory from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains.
In 1868, General Sherman was part of a group gathered for a meeting of officials representing the Union Pacific Railroad and officers from Fort Sanders. Attendees included Generals P. H. Sheridan, John Gibbon, U.S. Grant, Adam Slemmer and Joseph H. Potter, Commander of Fort Sanders.