Although he was born a Presbyterian he had never been baptized. The family he was living with was Catholic. They thought he should be properly blessed, and asked a priest to do so. But when the priest learned the young man had been named “Tecumseh,” in honor of the great Indian chief, the priest decided he could not baptize anyone unless he had a Christian name. And so it became William Tecumseh Sherman. His family and close friends called him “Cump,” short for Tecumseh.

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