By Carrie Grace Henderson
BATON ROUGE — Before his famous “March to the Sea,” his scorched earth warfare during the Civil War or his outright refusal to run for president, William Tecumseh Sherman was the first superintendent of the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy – the 1860 genesis of what is now Louisiana State University.
Sherman despised the original name, though he dearly loved the school.
LSU bears no formal monument or memorial to its first leader. In fact, to some in the Deep South, his name is an insult to their ancestors.
But national political commentator and LSU alum James Carville and Jonathan Earle, Dean of the LSU’s Honors College, hope to enshrine his legacy at the university by starting a campaign to rename the Parade Ground in his honor.