Sherman's March

Let It Burn

Background Info

  • November 15, 1864 to December 21, 1864
  • Sherman went on a rampage of burning and destroying everything in his path from Atlanta to Georgia
  • 50-mile wide swath of destruction
  • 285 miles long
  • 60,000 Soldiers
  • Also called the 'Savannah Campaign'

March To The Sea

This 'March To The Sea' was to "make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war" quoted by Sherman himself. Sherman and his 60,000 troops went on a 50 mile wide, 285 mile long trek of destruction from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia from November 15 to December 21, 1864. This was an act of total war by the Union. The purpose was to frighten the Georgia citizens in order for them to lose support in the war. It was extremely effective because Sherman took many railroads and made them into 'Bow Ties'.

Additional Facts

  • Sherman heated railroads and bent them around trees into 'Sherman's Bow Ties' making them unusable
  • The march started off as pursuit of the South but turned into a 'March To The Sea' whenever Sherman set fire to Atlanta
  • The South set fire to their own ammunition buildings before the Union could get the them