Sherman's March to the Sea

Union General Takes Army and Goes For the Atlantic

First battle of Sherman's March to the Sea.

Summary of the March

Sherman's March became the most devastating campaign released on the civilian population in the Civil War. The March officially started on November 15, 1864 and the March officially ended December 21, 1864. Sherman's motives to make the march was to demonstrate that the Confederates couldn't protect its population. William T. Sherman's army of 60,000 soldiers started their roughly month long march by seizing the city of Atlanta. After burning Atlanta into the ground and leaving it aflame he directed his forces South East, and yet the March had begun. For the next month and six days his forces fought their way through Georgia to the City of Savannah. Upon getting to the city of Savannah, and taking it, he sent a telegram to President Lincoln offering the city of Savannah to him to have a gift.

William Tuschman Sherman

William T. Sherman date of birth was February 8, 1820 in Lancaster, Ohio. His Early life was spent at a friends house because his father died when he was just at an age of nine, and left his family in a bad financial situation. He was appointed to go to the United States Military Academy which was located in West Point. Before he became the military figure he practiced the law in Kansas and was an officer during the American-Mexican War. His life in the military at the start was not nearly as successful as he was in the Civil War with the Union. Once he joined the Union he fought in the first battle of Bull Run, and after that had nothing but success in the Civil War. William Tuschman Sherman died on February 14, 1891 just six days after his 71st birthday.

Sherman's March to the Sea

  • Key Points:
  • started November 15, 1864 and ended December 21, 1864
  • march where union forces ransacked everything in their path
  • ended at the Port of Savannah
  • army would split into two groups
  • huge factor in winning war for the Union

Connection to the Anaconda Plan

The Anaconda Plan and Sherman's March can be looked at very similarly. They were both ways that the Union looked to destroy the Southern Economy. With both of the strikes doing so that means that there was horrible trade which meant not a lot of money being made to support the Confederates in the war, and this means lack of proper resources, poor weapons (compared to the Union), and a huge disadvantage to the South.

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