Charles Ewing (1835-1883) was an attorney who became a Union Army general during the American Civil War. He was the brother-in-law of William Tecumseh Sherman. Born on March 6, 1835 in Lancaster, Ohio, Charles Ewing attended Dominican and Gonzaga colleges. He practiced law in St. Louis beginning in 1860. During the Civil War, Ewing fought in Arkansas and Mississippi campaigns. At Vicksburg, he was wounded three times. He served with his brother-in-law William T. Sherman in the March to the Sea. After the war, Ewing resumed his legal profession.
[Source: "Charles Ewing," "Who Was Who in America: Historical Volume, 1607-1896"(Chicago: Marquis, 1963), p. 174.]
William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891) was a Union Army general during the American Civil War, known for his "scorched earth" policies. He was married to Ellen Ewing Sherman, the sister of Charles Ewing. Also born in Lancaster, Ohio, Sherman graduated from West Point in 1840. He married Ellen Ewing on May 1, 1850. As a soldier, he served in the Mexican War. In 1853, Sherman began a banking career in San Francisco. During the Civil War, he served in a wide array of leadership roles, most notably at Bull Run, Shiloh, the lead-up to Vicksburg, and his famous Georgia campaign. He remained in the army until 1883.
[Source: "William Tecumseh Sherman," "Who Was Who in America: Historical Volume, 1607-1896"(Chicago: Marquis, 1963), p. 480.]