General Sherman Begins His Long March to the Sea

Today on November 15, 1864, General William Sherman began his long ‘March to the Sea’, venturing deep into enemy territory and destroying everything in his path.

Union Major-General, William Sherman, planned and initiated one of the most well-known campaigns of the American Civil War. Sherman’s March to the Sea, formally known as the Savannah Campaign, saw the southern Union Army venture deep into the heart of Confederate territory with limited support and supply lines. Sherman led over 60,000 soldiers on a 285-mile march across the south. His success during the campaign was an astonishing achievement and is recognized as a major contributor to eventually ending the war.

General Sherman had just won a major victory by capturing the Confederate stronghold of Atlanta. He and his army then marched for over five weeks deep into enemy territory, eventually capturing the port city of Savannah. Along the march, Sherman systematically destroyed all Confederate military targets, infrastructure, and factories; which eventually crippled the south’s ability to continue the war effort. He certainly employed many questionable tactics, which involved terrorizing and humiliating civilian personnel. His ultimate objective was to not only neutralize the enemy’s military capabilities but also completely destroy their morale.

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