Thanks so much to reader Linda Mott for once again coming up with a link to a topical newspaper article, this time a New York Times piece from August 11, 1861 (see here). A couple of things:
Note that T. W. and W. T. were not classmates at West Point. T. W. graduated 18th of 49 cadets in 1836. W. T. was 6th of 42 four years later, 1840. (Cullum)
During the Bull Run campaign, T. W. was in Pennsylvania recruiting for the 5th U. S. Artillery. (Cullum)
As for the two men being “great friends”, they did serve together at Ft. Moultrie in Charleston, SC in 1846. T. W. rejoined W. T. in the Army of the Tennessee very briefly after Shiloh, and ran into him again briefly in New Orleans in March, 1864. W. T.’s references to T. W. in his memoirs are cursory, giving no hint that they were ever “great” anythings, friends or otherwise. (Memoirs of General William T. Sherman)
Notice too that the article refers to the famous Sherman’s Battery.
I wish I could figure out that mouseover trick of Robert’s – it would save me having to make these explanatory posts.