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Sherman assisted the development of LSUís library and military training during the 1870s and maintained an interest in the university during the balance of his life. But there is one thing he did NOT do for LSU.

Your editorial notes that Sherman gave LSU one of the cannons in front of the military science building and that it came from one of Adm. David Farragutís ships. This is a new variant on an old urban legend.

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Sherman was much more that an interested supporter during the 1870s. As the article points out, he was the first superintendent of the "Louisiana Seminary of Learning and Military Academy" (LSUís predecessor).

In the autumn of 1859, he moved to Louisana and reported to Governor Wickliffe for "duty" as Superintendent and began to build the institution from scratch, as it were. The institution consisted of an empty building and the staff consisted of a carpenter. Sherman, under the direction of the Board of Supervisors, acquired the professors, determined the courses, developed bylaws, etc. It opened on 1 Jan 1860 with about 60 cadets enrolled.

Although Sherman poured his substantial energies into the effort, his period there was marred by the increasingly radical politics of the region and the nation.

At any rate, he resigned from the Academy in Feb 1861.

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