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.
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.
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.