Sherman's March

Total War

Making Georgia Howl

  • Sherman's March lasted from November 15 to December 21, 1864, beginning in Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia.
  • The purpose of the march was to frighten the civilians of Georgia from supporting and taking place in the South's rebellion.
  • The 60,000 troops led by Union General William T. Sherman stole livestock and food, then proceeded to burn anything they couldn't carry.
  • Sherman explained the South needed to, "make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war."
  • The march caused the fall of Georgia, which as a symbol of pride and strength in the South.