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Birth: Jul. 23, 1805
Marlboro
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Aug. 1, 1873
Galveston
Galveston County
Texas, USA

Republic of Texas army officer. Sidney Sherman was born on July 23, 1805 in Marlboro, Massachusetts. After his parents died, when he was twelve, he was tended to by relatives for four years before moving to Boston and finding a job as a clerk. He travelled to New York City and tried to start his own business, but after it failed, moved to Newport, Kentucky in 1831 and opened his own cotton bagging factory. Within four years, Sherman was prosperous, respected in the area and married to Catharine Cox, with whom he would have eight children. In November 1835, after attending a gathering encouraging support for Texas' rebellion against Mexico, Sherman found himself named captain of the volunteer "Kentucky Rifles" company. By January 1836 Sherman was sailing towards Texas. He arrived in Texas at the end of the month and joined up with the Texas army at Gonzales on February 3, 1836. In March, there was a merging of most of the smaller volunteer companies into one regiment, of which Sherman was named second-in-command, with the rank of lieutenant colonel. By April, so many volunteers had arrived that another regiment was formed, Sherman was promoted to colonel and given command over the new Second Regiment. While leading his men at the climactic battle of San Jacinto on April 16, it was Sherman who reminded his troops there would be no mercy shown by the enemy and rallied his men by shouting "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!" It was on that day that Texas overwhelmed a larger Mexican force and gained its independence as a free country. August found Sherman still serving in the Texas military, now a colonel of the cavalry for the Republic. Travelling to Kentucky to recruit men to serve in the new army, he returned to Texas with his wife and her brother, settling on the land near San Jacinto Bay that he was given by the Texas Senate in appreciation for his services. After leaving the military in December 1837, he tended to his estate and family until November 1842 when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives, but only served until January when he was briefly replaced by Thomas Rusk, returning to serve out his term that summer. In 1846 he built a sawmill and invested in wide tracts of land hoping to promote railroad construction, but lost both in a series of fires. Uninsured and having lost most of his money, he moved to Galveston where he opened a hotel. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Sherman was asked to take charge of affairs in the Galveston area and was given full authority to shore up the island's defense. In 1862 he and his family returned to his old home at San Jacinto Bay, accompanied by his friend David Burnet, the ad interim president of Texas during the revolution. The following year, they moved to Richmond where they remained until the end of the war. When his wife died in 1865, Sherman withdrew from the public eye and worked his property with his children until his death on August 1, 1873. He was first buried alongside of his wife, but in 1894 he was re-interred in Lake View Cemetery next to his friend David Burnet under a monument dedicated to both men for their service to the Republic. (bio by: Lysa) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Catherine Isabel Cox Sherman (1815 - 1865)
 
 Children:
  Sidney Sherman*
  Lucy Sherman Craig (1856 - 1941)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lakeview Cemetery
Galveston
Galveston County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Clay Homister
Record added: Nov 09, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9786386
Col Sidney Sherman
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Col Sidney Sherman
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Col Sidney Sherman
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