General Sherman's Official Account of His Great March Through Georgia and the Carolinas: (Abridged)
In late 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman took 62,000 men (55,000 infantry, 5,000 cavalry, and 2,000 artillerymen manning 64 guns) in two divided columns on a 300-mile march from the captured city of Atlanta to Savannah on the sea. It was a daring and unprecedented maneuver, extending his army far beyond supply lines.But it was successful, and brought the South's infrastructure and economy to its knees. The Operation was devastating to Georgia and the Confederacy. Sherman himself estimated that the campaign had inflicted $100 million in damage in 1864 dollars.
But the march was not without controversy. The scorched-earth policy of the campaign made Sherman's name despised in the South. In this fascinating report, Sherman makes his official accounting to congress for his action.
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