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Eleanor Boyle Sherman (Ewing)

Also Known As: "Ellen"
Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, United States
Death: November 28, 1888 (64)
New York City, New York, United States
Place of Burial: St. Louis, Missouri
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sen. Thomas Ewing, Sr. and Maria Wills Ewing
Wife of William Tecumseh Sherman and Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman (USA)
Mother of Rev. Thomas Ewing Sherman; Robert Otho Sherman; Eleanor Mary Sherman; Rachel Ewing Thorndike; Mary A. Pickering and 4 others
Sister of Philemen Beecher Ewing, Sr.; George Ewing; Maj. Gen. Hugh Boyle Ewing, USA; Maj. Gen. Thomas Douglas Ewing, USA; Brig. Gen. Charles Ewing, USA and 6 others

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About Eleanor Boyle Sherman

Ellen Ewing Sherman (October 4, 1824 – November 28, 1888), was the wife of General William Tecumseh Sherman, a leading Union general in the American Civil War. She was also a prominent figure of the times in her own right.

She was born Eleanor Boyle Ewing in Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, the daughter of prominent Whig politician Thomas Ewing and Maria Boyle Ewing. Ellen's parents also raised her future husband, "Cump" Sherman, after the 1829 death of his own father.

Ellen Sherman died in New York City on November 28, 1888, survived by her husband and six of their children. She is buried alongside her husband in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri; her tombstone there identifies her as Eleanor Boyle Ewing Sherman.


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Ellen was educated in Lancaster and Washington, D.C. She married "Cump" Sherman in Washington, D.C., on May 1, 1850, in a ceremony attended by President Zachary Taylor and other political luminaries.[2] The Shermans, who often lived apart even before the Civil War, had eight children together, two of whom (Willie and Charles) died during the war.[3]

Although women did not have the vote in her day, Ellen declared herself to favor Abraham Lincoln in advance of the 1860 elections and was fierce in her pro-Union sentiment.[4] During the Civil War, in addition to her husband, three of her four then-living brothers became Union generals—Hugh Boyle Ewing, Thomas Ewing, Jr., and Charles Ewing. In addition, Ellen worked to protect her husband's military standing during the war, especially in a January 1862 Washington meeting with Lincoln at a time when General Sherman's reputation was under a cloud due to newspaper charges of insanity.[5]

Ellen was a devout Catholic and often at odds with her husband over religious topics. One of their sons, Thomas Ewing Sherman, became a Catholic priest. She also took an ongoing interest in Indian missions and was credited as the principal organizer of the Catholic Indian Missionary Association.[6] In "the most absorbing and monumental work of her life," Ellen played an active role in U.S. observances of the Golden Jubilee of Pope Pius IX (May 21, 1877) for which she later received the personal thanks of the Pope.[7]

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Eleanor Boyle Sherman's Timeline

October 4, 1824
Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, United States
January 28, 1851
Age 26
Lancaster, Fairfield Co., OH
Age 27
June 8, 1854
Age 29
Lancaster, Fairfield Co., OH
October 12, 1856
Age 32
Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, United States
September 5, 1859
Age 34
Lancaster, Fairfield Co., OH
July 5, 1861
Age 36
Lancaster, Fairfield Co., OH
June 11, 1864
Age 39
Lancaster, Fairfield Co., OH
January 9, 1867
Age 42
Saint Louis, Saint Louis Co., MO