Category Archives: Georgia

December 28, 1864: Seceding from the Confederacy

Sherman responds to a group of Unionist Georgians who wish to put themselves under the protection of the Union forces. Other sources note that Tattnall County, one of the two mentioned here, was anti-secession from the start. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS … Continue reading

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December 27, 1864: Grant talks strategy with Sherman

Grant is now enthusiastically backing Sherman’s plan to march through the Carolinas up to meet him at Richmond. In a long dispatch, he outlines the grand strategy and how he views the role of Sherman’s army in it. Official Records: … Continue reading

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December 26, 1864: Thank you note from Lincoln

Lincoln thanks Sherman for his Christmas present quite graciously: “the honor is all yours; for I believe none of us went further than to acquiesce”. Stanton wishes Sherman had captured Hardee’s army. Official Records: EXECUTIVE MANSION, Washington, December 26, 1864. … Continue reading

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December 24, 1864: Sherman to Grant

Sherman responds to Grant, happy that he doesn’t have to send his troops north by ship, and making plans for his assault on South Carolina. Is Charleston worth taking — for the symbolic significance if nothing else? Official Records: HEADQUARTERS … Continue reading

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December 22, 1864: A Christmas present for Lincoln

Sherman has taken Savannah without a shot fired, and famously presents it as a Christmas present to the President. I also include a more detailed dispatch to Grant from John G. Foster, the commander of the Union-occupied territories of the … Continue reading

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December 21, 1864: Sherman takes Savannah

Sherman’s army in Savannah ****************************************************** Hardee evacuated Savannah over the night of December 20-21, and Sherman’s troops, discovering the city undefended, occupied it on the morning of the 21st. The mayor appeals to Sherman to protect the people and property. … Continue reading

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December 20, 1864: Full account of Sherman’s march in the New York Times

The New York Times publishes the first account of Sherman’s march to the sea. Here is the first mention I’ve found of Gov. Brown fleeing the capital with a load of cabbages. In a recent talk in Milledgeville, historian Anne … Continue reading

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December 18, 1864: Preparing an assault on Savannah

Sherman, now that Hardee has declined to surrender Savannah, orders artillery readied for an assault. He also directs that the road to Charleston be broken to prevent Savannah’s resupply. Note that he has been ordered to take his troops by … Continue reading

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December 18, 1864: Sherman, what do you want to do next?

Grant writes to his friend Sherman, congratulating him on his campaign. He “would not have entrusted the expedition to any other living commander.” Most important, he backs off from his previous instruction for Sherman to send his troops north to … Continue reading

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December 17, 1864: Sherman demands the surrender of Savannah

From Sherman’s official report: On the 17th, a number of 30-pounder Parrott guns having reached King’s Bridge, I proceeded in person to the headquarters of Major-General Slocum, on the Augusta road, and dispatched thence into Savannah, by flag of truce, … Continue reading

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