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Flowers left for Thomas Sherman
Thomas West Sherman: Sir, you will be remembered as a United States Army officer with service during the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War. You were was born in Newport, Rhode Island. Your desire to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point was so strong that he walked from Newport to Washington, D.C. to secure a Congressional appointment. You graduated from the Academy the on July 1, 1836. Upon graduation he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 3rd U.S. Artillery Regiment. You would serve the bulk of your career with the 3rd Artillery and eventually became its commander.In your early career included service in the Florida War against the Seminoles from 1836-38 and in the Cherokee Nation in 1838 while transferring the Native Americans to the West. You were promoted to first lieutenant on March 14, 1838. He served again in the Florida War from 1838 to 1842 and on recruiting service in 1842. Then you served at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina from 1842 to 1844 and was again on recruiting service from 1844 to 1846. You was promoted to captain on May 28, 1846. You took a distinguished part in the Battle of Buena Vista on February 23, 1847 , leading your battery in a defensive action helping to stop the Mexican attack, and was brevetted to major "for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct" during the battle. was sent to the Western Theater. You took command of Major General George H. Thomas's division during the Siege of Corinth when the latter assumed command of the Right Wing of Major General Henry W. Halleck's army group. After that he commanded the Defenses of New Orleans before taking command of a division in Major General Nathaniel P. Banks's army, which he led into action at the Siege of Port Hudson. During the May 27, 1863, attack on Port Hudson, you were severely wounded, which led to the amputation of your right leg. Your injuries were so severe that you was not expected to live and the newspaper in your hometown of Newport, Rhode Island printed an extensive obituary for yourself. For the rest of the war you held administrative commands in Louisiana. You also served in command of his regiment and the post of Fort Adams, in Newport from July 29, 1866, to February 1869. He was in temporary commanded the Department of the East from January to July 16, 1868. Your final assignment was in command of your regiment and Fort Taylor in Key West, Florida from February 1869 to November 29, 1870, thanks for your service, happy 200th birthday!
 Added: Mar. 26, 2013

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