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Texas Defender

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   In 1836, while a 16 year old cadet at West Point, William T. Sherman met and was attracted to a young lady from Georgia. Cecelia Stovall was the sister of one of Sherman's classmates, Marcellus Stovall.

William Tecumseh Sherman and Cecelia Shelman (I believe that the mansion survived until 1911).

   The attraction was not mutual, and Miss Stovall eventually married a wealthy Georgia man named Charles Shelman. When the Civil War began, Charles Shelman became a Confederate officer.

RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Norris/Verbois Family Tree   (I believe that Miss Stovall's date of birth was 1820).

   In 1864, General Sherman found himself at the gates of Shelman Heights. To his great surprise, he learned that the mistress of the house (Who had fled), was none other than the former Miss Stovall. The mansion and the property there were spared.

   The former Miss Stovall's brother, Marcellus, did not finish his studies at West Point. After a year, he had to resign due to ill health. However, when the war came, he also became a Confederate officer, and rose to the rank of brigadier general. He survived until 1895.

Marcellus Augustus Stovall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

   Louisa Cecelia Stovall Shelman survived her husband, her brother, and General Sherman, dying in 1904. I can only wonder what her reaction was to General Sherman's death in 1891.

Louisa Cecilia Stovall Shelman (1820 - 1904) - Find A Grave Memorial

   The teenaged girl who so attracted the future General Sherman was later the wife of one Confederate officer and the sister of another. History might have been different if she had been attracted to the young Sherman. She did say that she thought that he would: "Crush his enemies." It can be said that that statement was prophetic.

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