On this day: February 14

Published On: Feb 13 2013 10:55:37 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 14 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

Saint Valentine dies a martyr, President Polk has his picture snapped, Al Capone sends his foes a violent Valentine's Day message, and Jackie Kennedy invites TV viewers inside the White House, all on this day.

OTD February 14 - William Tecumseh Sherman
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1891: Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman, known for the "scorched earth" policies he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States, including his "March to the Sea" from Atlanta, Ga., to the port city of Savannah, Ga., in late 1864, dies at the age of 71 in New York City. When Ulysses S. Grant was elected U.S. president in 1869, Sherman succeeded him as Commanding General of the Army, serving until his retirement in 1883.

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