Sherman's March

"March To The Sea" By: Aleeshah Nasir

Basic Information

  • From November 15 until December 21,1864, Union General William T. Sherman led about 60,000 soldiers on a 285 mile march from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia
  • The purpose of this of this "March To The Sea" was to frighten Georgia's civilian population into abandoning the Confederate cause.
  • Sherman's soldiers did not destroy any of the towns in their paths, but they stole food and livsetock and burned the houses and barns of people who tried to fight back


Sherman's total war in Georgia was brutal and destructive, but it did what it was supposed to do: it hurt southern morale, made it impossible for the Confederates to fight at full capacity and likely hastened the end of the war.