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Sherman knew when to break the rules

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When he was a student at West Point, William Tecumseh Sherman’s peers regarded him as an excellent cook, particularly for the bread-and-potato hash that he whipped up using the fireplace in his room.

Like today’s undergraduates who fire up grills in their dorms, Sherman was flouting strict safety rules. Unlike today, the fireplace already was present.

Lesson: Sherman knew a meaningless rule when he saw it and pressed the situation to his advantage.

—Adapted from “Knapsack: A Civil War Digest,” Albert Nofi, North and South.

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