The Czar of Memphis
T HE THREE MONTHS after the repudiation of the insanity charge at Shiloh had been busy and successful ones for the revitalized Sherman. Union forces had captured the key railroad center at Corinth, Mississippi, and Sherman had also routed Confederate troops at nearby Holly Springs. The Union Army had recovered well from the Shiloh debacle and, under Halleck's plodding leadership, had advanced steadily. Instead of continuing to drive forward, however, Halleck divided his large force into several smaller ones and gave them various minor missions. The Union momentum was blunted not by Confederate troops but by a Union general's hesitation.
As part of this reorganization, Sherman was assigned to be military-governor of Memphis. Obviously he was no longer considered incompetent; otherwise he would not have been assigned such a difficult job. His task was to solidify the captured city in Union hands and receive and drill Union